kingsshieldProfessor Allen Brent M.A., D.D. (Cantab)

Professor in Early Christian History and Iconography

University of London, King's College

Professore Invitato, Augustinianum (Lateran University), Rome

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Allen Brent is a scholar in the field of Early Christian History, exploring the interface between Christianity and Classical Culture, particularly in the development of Church Order. In 2008 he was awarded a higher doctorate (D.D.) at Cambridge University following an examination of his published works.
He was Acting Dean of St Edmund's College, Cambridge (2012-2013) and was for two years (2008-2010) an Affiliated Lecturer in the University's Faculty of Divinity, where he taught a Tripos Paper on early Christian life and thought. He remains a Faculty Member. At present he is Visiting Professor and Senior Research Fellow, University of London, King's College, working with Professor Markus Vinzent, with a British Academy (BARDA)award, see BARDA Epigraphy.

augustineRecently he has been appointed to a Professorship at the Augustinianum, the Patristics Institute of the Lateran University, Rome, where, commencing February 2012, he taught a second semester course on early Christian history, addressing non literary, epigraphic and iconographic sources in addition to literary ones. He was joined by his King's London PhD students, who were resident and supervised at the British School at Rome.

He is joint editor with Markus Vinzent of Studia Patristica and is a member of the editiorial board of Vetera Christianorum.

Formerly an Anglican, he was ordained to the Catholic Priesthood at Norwich Cathedral on Wednesday 15th June, 2011, as part of the Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham and the Blessed John Henry Newman which, in response to the appeal of Pope Benedict XVI (Coetibus Anglicanorum), has fulfilled the aim of the Oxford Movement and entered the unity of the Catholic Church.




















Allen Brent's contribution the Cambridge Faculty of Divinity is best summed up in its formal submission of his work published by the RAE (2009), and in the Faculty's profile of general staff contributions.

His earlier work on cultural bishops whilst still and Anglican had the practical outcome of the creation of (Anglican) bishops for the Aboriginal and Torres Straits Islander Peoples of Australia. His work on the development of the papacy in the second century Roman community and the character of the Egyptian Church Order (or Hippolytan Apostolic Tradition) has more ambiguous and complicated implications for the rites of Vatican II and their historical sources.





Allen Brent was born in the east end of London at the outbreak of the  second world war (Early Life) and was educated in the universities of Cambridge and London in the nineteen sixties.