"It is the name used latterly to refer to that active ferment of Christian activity and culture alive through various phases in the British and English lands, as well as its eccelsial heirs. It did not begin in 1833 with the Assize Sermon, nor in 1660 with the Restoration, nor in 1549 with the Book of Common Prayer, nor in 1534 with the Act of Supremacy, nor in 1213 with Papal feudalism, nor in 664 with the Synod of Whitby. All these moments initiated major episodes in the life and practice of this tradition or "school" of the Church, the *English School,* influences upon it being varied: anchoritic, Benedictine/Cistercian, Franciscan, Dominican, to name but a few. Yet Anglican patrimony actively ferments in any age through growing relationship in Christ, despite its often turbulent and chaotic social history. It issues in a comprehensive way of being Christian -- through liturgy and hymnody, as well as less tangibly through expressions of parochial, pastoral, and ascetical theology -- and indeed at its best constitutes a school that is a full member of the glorious family of Catholic schools of spirituality."
-- Fr Matthew Dallman