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Henry Hart Milman (1791–1868)

Milman, Henry Hart. A distinguished English clergyman, historian, and poet; born in London, Feb. 10, 1791; died near Ascot, Sept. 24, 1868. He was professor of poetry at Oxford, 1821–31; canon of Westminster, 1835; dean of St. Paul’s, 1849. His ‘History of the Jews’ (1830) excited intense antagonism, being the first attempt to apply secular historical methods to the sacred history. In 1838 he edited Gibbon’s ‘Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire,’ and in 1839 published a ‘Life of Gibbon.’ He wrote ‘History of Christianity under the Empire’ (1840), and published in 1855 his most important work, ‘The History of Latin Christianity down to the Death of Pope Nicholas V.’ In verse he produced ‘Samor’ (1818), an epic; ‘Fall of Jerusalem’ (1820); etc. The drama ‘Fazio’ (1815), written while he was at Oxford, was performed in 1818 by Charles Kemble and Miss O’Neill, and by Madame Ristori in 1856. He also wrote a history of St. Paul’s Cathedral. His ‘Essays and Memoirs’ were collected by his son in 1870.