Exhibition:‘heretical’ bishop’s works

2014-02-04 00:00

TO mark the bicentenary of the birth of the “heretical” Bishop John Colenso, an exhibition of his private letters and publications was opened yesterday at St John’s College, Cambridge, in the UK, where he was a student.

Appointed the first Anglican Bishop of Natal in 1852, Colenso became a prominent and often controversial public figure, campaigning against the colonial government in defence of indigenous peoples and publicly criticising the colonial authorities for engineering the outbreak of the Anglo-Zulu War of 1879.

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