Secondary works on Henson

This list is confined to contemporary sketches or historical works about Henson, organised chronologically.  Numerous further historical studies contain some references to Henson, as part of wider discussions about the Church of England or English religion during the early twentieth century.

‘A Gentleman with a duster’ [Harold Begbie], ‘Bishop Hensley Henson’, in idem, Painted windows: a study in religious personality (London, 1922), 86-99

Marshall Freeman, ‘A Bishop and Disestablishment’, English Review (Feb. 1929), 198-203

Cyril Alington, A dean’s apology: a semi-religious autobiography (London, 1952), ch. 6–8

Charles J. Stranks, Introduction to Herbert Hensley Henson, Theology and Life (London, 1957), 7-10

Alwyn Winton [A.T.P. Williams],   ‘Henson, Herbert Hensley, 1863-1947’, in L.G. Wickham Legg and E.T. Williams (eds.), Dictionary of national biography, 1941-50 (1959)

Michael Ramsey, ‘Herbert Hensley Henson: a sermon preached in the chapel of All Souls College, Oxford, 16 June 1963’, in idem, Canterbury essays and addresses (London, 1964), 116-26

Horton Davies, Varieties of English preaching 1900-1960 (London, 1963), 64-79

John S. Peart-Binns, ‘Herbert Hensley Henson: some biographical reflections’, Historical magazine of the Protestant episcopal church, 43 (1974), 169-87

Owen Chadwick, Hensley Henson: a study in the friction between church and state (Clarendon, Oxford, 1983)

Owen Chadwick, Hensley Henson and the Durham miners (Durham, 1983)

Keith W. Clements, ‘From miracles to Christology: Hensley Henson and the “modern churchmen”’, in idem, Lovers of discord: twentieth century theological controversies in England (London, 1988), ch. 4

A.L. Rowse, ‘Hensley Henson: controversial bishop’, in Friends and contemporaries (London, 1989), 131-55

Matthew Grimley, ‘Henson, Herbert Hensley’, in Oxford dictionary of national biography (online, 2004)

Keith Robbins, ‘Content and context: the war sermons of Herbert Hensley Henson (1863-1947)’, in Gilles Teulié and Lawrence Lux-Sterritt (eds.), War Sermons (Newcastle-upon-Tyne, 2009), 188-206.

John S. Peart-Binns, ‘Herbert Hensley Henson, prelate and pastor’, Parson and Parish, 173 (2013), 16-28, 33-46

John S. Peart-Binns, Herbert Hensley Henson: a biography (Cambridge, 2013)

S.J.D. Green, ‘Hensley Henson, the prayer book controversy and the conservative case for disestablishment’, in Tom Rodger, Philip Williamson and Matthew Grimley (eds.), The Church of England and British politics since 1900 (Woodbridge, 2020), 102-19

Julia Stapleton, ‘Ecclesiastical conservatism: Hensley Henson and Lord Hugh Cecil on Church, state and nation, c. 1900-40′, in Tom Rodger, Philip Williamson and Matthew Grimley (eds.), The Church of England and British politics since 1900 (Woodbridge, 2020), 80-101.

Julia Stapleton, ‘Herbert Hensley Henson, J.N. Figgis and the Archbishops’ Committee on Church and State, 1913-1916: two competing visions of the Church of England’, Journal of Ecclesiastical History, 73:4 (October 2022), 814-36

Richard Davenport-Hines, ‘The trimming of Herbert Hensley Henson’, in idem, Conservative thinkers from All Souls College Oxford (Woodbridge, 2022), 79-105

Philip Williamson, ‘Hensley Henson and the appointment of bishops: state, Church and nation in Britain, 1917 to 1920 and beyond’, Journal of Ecclesiastical History, 74:2 (April 2023), 325-48