"It is a very thorough book, the product of a PhD thesis, rich in information, which sets Robertson well in the context of his time and contemporaries. ... a masterful account, which has been so long in gestation."
John Armson, in Religion and Theology, Vol 18, Issue 3
"The episodes in which Beardsley describes Robertson's brief but full life undoubtedly add a great deal to earlier biographies. His style of preaching and his theology are described at length ... particularly useful to the historian of theology ... useful nuggets of information as well as snippets reveal a great deal about the fraught religious circumstances of his day, especially the conflicts between church parties."
Mark Chapman, in Journal of Theological Studies, Vol 62, No 2
"In this meticulously researched and psychologically penetrating reconstruction of the life, thought and identity of nineteenth-century British clergyman Frederick William Robertson, Christina Beardsley introduces us to an individual upon whom the religious, philosophical and existential anxieties of the Victorian age converged. ... the study will remind students of gender that the priority of religious modes of thought in nineteenth-century Britain necessitates a deep engagement with issues of theological complexity without which we cannot properly reconstruct the equally intricate manifestations of human sexual identities."
Martin Spence, in Theology and Sexuality, Vol 18, No 2