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William Hugh Clifford Frend

William Hugh Clifford Frend (11 January 1916 – 1 August 2005) was an English ecclesiastical historian, archaeologist and Anglican priest.


  • Academic career 1
  • Military career 2
  • Ministry 3
  • Public recognition 4
  • Family 5
  • Major works 6
  • See also 7
  • References 8
  • External links 9

Academic career

Military career

  • Assistant Principal, War Office 1940
  • Seconded to Cabinet Office and served on Committees for Allied Supplies and the Free French
  • Liaison officer, Psychological Warfare Branch, Tunis
  • Service in Austria for 18 months
  • Italy
  • Commissioned officer, Queen's Royal Regiment 1947–67


Frend inclined towards the Low Church tradition. He was a sometimes reluctant liberal who cautiously supported the ordination of women but criticised Bishop Jenkins of Durham over his non-traditional ideas about Christmas. He was considered a good and humble pastor and an enlightening, if theologically uncoventional, preacher.

Public recognition


Frend was married to Mary Grace (née Crook; 1951–2002). They had one son, Simon, and one daughter, Sally. His father was a priest of High Church persuasion.

Major works

  • The Donatist Church (1952)
  • Martyrdom and Persecution in the Early Church (1965)
  • The Rise of the Monophysite Movement (1972)
  • The Rise of Christianity (1984)

See also


  1. ^ "Society of Antiquaries of London – Volume 83, 2003". 2011. Retrieved 3 June 2011. archaeology, history and topography of the early Christian Church 
  2. ^ "Society of Antiquaries of London – Harold McCarter Taylor, C.B.E., T.D., M.A., MSc, PhD". 2011. Retrieved 3 June 2011. Charles Thomas 
  3. ^ "Society of Antiquaries of London – Volume 80, 2000". 2011. Retrieved 3 June 2011. Günter P Gehring 
  4. ^ "Society of Antiquaries of London – Birthe Kjølbye-Biddle". 2011. Retrieved 3 June 2011. 1986 
  5. ^ "Society of Antiquaries of London – Volume 82, 2002". 2011. Retrieved 3 June 2011. Nancy Gauthier 
  6. ^ "Society of Antiquaries of London – Salon 87 – 25 April 2004". 2011. Retrieved 3 June 2011. Samuel Turner 

External links

  • obituaryChurch Times
  • obituaryTelegraph
  • obituaryThe Times
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