Charles Maurice Davies
|Charles Maurice Davies|
|Known for||Mystic London|
Charles Maurice Davies (1828–1910) was an Anglican clergyman, a prolific author and a spiritualist.
Charles Maurice Davies was born in 1828. He became a fellow of Durham University in 1849. In 1851 he was ordained a deacon, and in 1852 was ordained a priest. He served as a curate in various parishes.
Davies was at first associated with the "high church" Anglicans, whose thinking was closer to Roman Catholic than Protestant traditions. On 28 February 1855 Davies and five other Anglican clergy met at the House of Charity, Rose Street, Soho, London, and founded the Anglo-Catholic Society of the Holy Cross. Davies at that time was curate of St Matthew's, City Road, in London. The leader of the group was Charles Lowder. The other founders were David Nicols, Alfred Poole, Joseph Newton Smith and Henry Augustus Rawes. For a short period Davies became a Roman Catholic, before rejoining the Church of England as a liberal. In his later years Davies identified himself as a "broad churchman" and thought the church should tolerate a wide range of beliefs and practices.
Davies married, and in 1856 the couple moved to Paris where he taught Classics and Modern English. Spiritualism was in vogue in Paris at that time, and Davies' wife began experimenting with automatic writing. His brother was also interested in spiritualism, and Davies himself was eventually convinced by the results of a seance. After his son died in 1865 Davies became committed to spiritualism. He did not play an active role in spiritualism until August 1874, when he attended a spiritualist conference in Gower Street, London.
From 1861 to 1868 Davies was headmaster of the West London Collegiate School. In his later career Davies was a journalist rather than a minister. In 1875 Davies was briefly lecturer at the church of St George-in-the-East in Stepney. In 1881 he called himself "a Sunday Evening Lecturer at Chelsea Parish Church", but he left holy orders after 1882. He continued to believe that Christianity and spiritualism were complementary beliefs.
Charles Maurice Davies died in 1910.
Charles Maurice Davies sometimes wrote under the pseudonyms "A Church of England Clergyman", "C M D" and "An Ex-Puseyite". He is best known for his novels Philip Paternoster (1858), Shadow Land (1860), Broad Church (1875) and 'Verts (1876). He also wrote for The Daily Telegraph and the National Press Agency. His journalistic works were published in the collections Unorthodox London (1873), Heterodox London (1874), Orthodox London (1874–75) and Mystic London (1875). They may be seen as works of urban ethnography, examining the cultures of the various religious groups and exploring the extent to which unorthodox religious practices could be tolerated by the Church of England.
Davies was a prolific author. Selected works:
- Davies, Charles Maurice (1858). Philip Paternoster, by an ex-Puseyite. Retrieved 29 August 2013.
- Davies, Charles Maurice (1860). Shadow Land: a Story with a Purpose. By the Author of "Philip Paternoster, Etc.". Retrieved 29 August 2013.
- Davies, Charles Maurice (1875). Broad church: three volumes in one. Garland. Retrieved 29 August 2013.
- Davies, Charles Maurice (1876). 'Verts; or, The three creeds. Retrieved 29 August 2013.
- Davies, Charles Maurice (1874). Unorthodox London: Or, Phases of Religious Life in the Metropolis. Tinsley Bros. Retrieved 29 August 2013.
- Davies, Charles Maurice (1874). Heterodox London V2: Or, Phases of Free Thought in the Metropolis. Kessinger Publishing. ISBN 978-0-548-18364-9. Retrieved 29 August 2013.
- Davies, Charles Maurice (1874–75). Orthodox London. Read Books Design. ISBN 978-1-4460-0472-2. Retrieved 29 August 2013.
- Davies, Charles Maurice (1875). Mystic London: Or, Phases of Occult Life in the Metropolis. Cambridge University Press. ISBN 978-1-108-02743-4. Retrieved 29 August 2013.
- Davies, Charles Maurice (1859). Hyper-Tractarianism. Being a Letter Addressed to the Lord Bishop of London. By the Author of "Philip Paternoster" [i.e. Charles M. Davies], Etc. London. Retrieved 29 August 2013.
- Davies, Charles Maurice; Bentley, Richard (1861). A Tractarian Love Story. Richard Bentley. Retrieved 29 August 2013.
- Davies, Charles Maurice (1874). Anti-Sillyass: Or, The Modern Odyssey. Tinsley. Retrieved 29 August 2013.
- Davies, Charles Maurice (1875). London Sermons. Tinsley. Retrieved 29 August 2013.
- Davies, Charles Maurice (1877). Maud Blount, Medium: A Story of Modern Spiritualism. Tinsley Brothers. Retrieved 29 August 2013.
- Davies, Charles Maurice (1878). Fun, Ancient and Modern. Tinsley brothers. Retrieved 29 August 2013.
- Davies, Charles Maurice (1884). The Future that Awaits Us. The Appearances of Jesus During the Great Forty Days, Viewed as a Revelation of the Unseen World. Retrieved 29 August 2013.
- Davies, Charles Maurice (1895). The Great Secret and Its Unfoldment in Occultism: A Record of Forty Years' Experience in the Modern Mystery. G. Redway. Retrieved 29 August 2013.
- Byrne, Georgina (2010). Modern Spiritualism and the Church of England, 1850–1939. Boydell & Brewer. ISBN 978-1-84383-589-9. Retrieved 29 August 2013.
- Hightower, Rev. Dr. Thomas (1999). "A brief history of the early years of the Society of the Holy Cross". Retrieved 29 August 2013.
- "Rev Charles Maurice Davies". Abe Books. Retrieved 29 August 2013.
- "St George-in-the-East Clergy 1860–1900". St George-in-the-East with St Paul. Retrieved 29 August 2013.
- Watson, Sophie; Dodsworth, Francis (September 2012). "Into unorthodox London: the religious ethnography of Charles Maurice Davies.". Victorian Literature and Culture 40 (2).
- Works by Charles Maurice Davies at Project Gutenberg
- Works by or about Charles Maurice Davies at Internet Archive