for the joint contribution to this book was conceived several years
ago; Walter Jacobson got straight on with his share, but I, for my
part, took a little longer. Very sadly Walter passed away in May 2002,
so never saw the outcome. This almost sums up my
original opening line, that between us we could probably be described
as a saint and a sinner! In my mind there is no doubt that Walter
Jacobson was a saintly man; he won the affection of all who came into
contact with him. In compiling this book Walter researched his
¿favourites¿ whilst I sought out some of the more bizarre ¿men of God¿,
so perhaps this final version is a little more irreverent than it might
have been had Walter had the opportunity to run his eye over the final
proof ¿ if there are any ¿unholy¿ mistakes, then it¿s all down to me.
The very least I could do was to include Walter in the book; knowing
his humility, it is easy to envisage him blushing in Heaven.
The ¿Amazing Men of God¿ found
within these pages have made their mark in the field of religion in one
way or another. Martyrs, murderers, madmen, mystics and misfits are all
mentioned. Given the size of Devon, with its hundreds of parishes and
long history, it has been possible to include only a tiny selection,
and no description is intended to be a complete biography.
ISBN: 1 903585 49 X
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