Hare also was widely regarded during his lifetime for his extensive collection of German literature, said to be the best in England during the nineteenth century.1 That these two prominent Victorians have been largely forgotten is even more surprising given the continuing scholarly and public interest in many of their Victorian contemporaries such as Charles Darwin, John Henry Newman, Matthew Arnold, and even lesser figures like Baden Powell.2 Despite their relative anonymity today, Hare and Thirlwall nonetheless were part of a group of Cambridge intellectuals instrumental in a series of important controversies that shaped the religious and intellectual trajectory of the Victorian era. The members of this group, including Hare and Thirlwall along with Hugh James Rose (1795-1838) and William Whewell (17941866), stirred up or participated significantly in critical debates concerning the historical and philosophical foundations of Christianity, the status and future prospects of the Anglican establishment, and the economic and educational principles underlying British society.3 This group came of age during a particularly fraught time in the history of the Anglican Church.
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