17:30 - 18:45

Edmund Campion and Waugh's 'Household of the Faith'

You are warmly invited to the Book Launch of Professor Gerard Kilroy, Senior Research Fellow in English

NEW: see specially selected images from the talk in our online gallery

Evelyn Waugh began his life of Edmund Campion as an act of gratitude to Martin D’Arcy, SJ. The book, which he wrote in six months, won the Hawthornden prize two days before the opening of the new Campion Hall on 26th June 1936. His encounters with the horrors of communism in Mexico in 1939 and Croatia in 1944 transformed his understanding of Campion’s martyrdom, which he came to see as part of ‘an unending war’ between state and church, and led to that study of ‘the same pure light shining in the darkness, uncomprehended’, Brideshead Revisited, whose original title, ‘A Household of the Faith: a Theological Novel’, echoed Campion’s scaffold utterance, and perhaps best expressed his own view of Campion Hall.

The Book Launch will be a hybrid event with Professor Kilroy addressing a small audience in Oxford. We invite you to join us for the celebration online.