The book will give an international readership a thorough knowledge of the person Grundtvig as well as an insight into the milieu of the Danish church, culture and society of the time. The publication comprises English translations of an extensive selection of Grundtvig's own retrospects upon events, causes and periods of his life, and of memoirs by contemporaries upon whose lives his impinged. The choice of texts follows closely that of Johansen and Høirup's Grundtvigs Erindringer og Erindringer om Grundtvig (Copenhagen 1948) in order that readers wishing to do so may easily find the Danish originals. Texts are arranged in an approximate chronology of Grundtvig's life. A copious index supplies mini-biographies and other documentation of the period, its personalities, institutions and events.