William Temple

William Temple (1881–1944), Archbishop of Canterbury and a pupil of F. M. Alexander.

William Temple was a British churchman and Archbishop of Canterbury (1942-44). He was a conservative Christian but politically of socialist orientation. His broad-minded idealism is expressed in Nature, Man and God (1934) and Christianity and Social Order (1942). He started having lessons with F. M. Alexander in the early 1930s, during the time he was Archbishop of York (1929–42).[1]

F. M. Alexander lists ‘The late Archbishop of Canterbury’ as one of his pupils in the 1945 preface to the new edition of MSI.[2]

Binkley in his diaries of his lessons with Alexander, writes that Alexander mentioned the Archbishop of Canterbury as of one his pupils.[3]


[1] The Expanding Self by Goddard Binkley (STATBooks, 1993), endnote 45, p. 157.
[2] Man’s Supreme Inheritance by F. Matthias Alexander (Mouritz, 1996), p. xvii.
[3] The Expanding Self by Goddard Binkley (STATBooks, 1993), p. 39.