Henry Melvill Gwatkin

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Henry Melvill Gwatkin (30 July 1844 – 14 November 1916) was an English theologian and church historian.

He was born at Barrow-on-Soar, Leicestershire. He was educated at Shrewsbury and St. John's College, Cambridge.[1] He became Dixie Professor of Ecclesiastical History of the University of Cambridge in 1891, retiring in 1912. He is buried in the Parish of the Ascension Burial Ground in Cambridge.,[2] with his wife Lucy De Lisle Gwatkin.


  • Studies of Arianism, Chiefly Referring to the Character and Chronology of the Reaction Which Followed the Council of Nicaea (1882; second edition 1900)
  • The Arian Controversy (1889)
  • The Meaning of Ecclesiastical History (1891) Inaugural Lecture
  • Selections from Early Writers, illustrative of Church history to the time of Constantine (1893; revised 1897)
  • The Church Past and Present: a Review of its History (1900) editor
  • The Eye for Spiritual Things: and Other Sermons (1906)
  • The Knowledge of God and its Historical Development (1906) Gifford Lectures, two volumes: Volume 1 and Volume 2
  • Early Church History to A.D. 313 (1909) two volumes: Volume 1 and Volume 2
  • The Cambridge Medieval History: Volume I: The Christian Roman Empire and the Foundation of the Teutonic Kingdoms (1911) editor with J. P. Whitney
  • The Cambridge Medieval History: Volume II: The Rise Of The Saracens And The Foundation Of The Western Empire (1913) editor with J. B. Bury and J. P. Whitney
  • Episcopacy I. In Scripture (1914) pamphlet
  • The Confirmation Rubric: Whom does it Bind (1914) pamphlet
  • Britain's Case Against Germany: A Letter to a Neutral (1917)
  • Church and State in England to the Death of Queen Anne (1917)
  • The Sacrifice of Thankfulness (1917) Sermons, edited by L. de L. Gwatkin

Gwatkin also wrote few malacological studies, include:


  1. ^ "Gwatkin, Henry Melvill (GWTN863HM)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge.
  2. ^ A Cambridge Necropolis by Mark Goldie, 2000

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