Particularly within the world of the university, Pater’s book was seen by critics as a dangerous and alluring influence on young men. When the Bishop of Oxford preached a sermon against The Renaissance in 1875, he complained that “too many of the younger students go miserably astray” under the damaging guidance of atheistic mentors. Quoting from Pater’s “Conclusion,” the Bishop asks, “Can you wonder that to young men who have imbibed this teaching the Cross is an offence, and the notion of a vocation to preach it an unintelligible craze?” (qtd. in Seiler 96).
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The third novel in the trilogy was to have been set in England in the late 18th century.