I have always thought that some knowledge of the Bible is necessary to an understanding of English history. Certainly the intensive private study of that book by many hundreds of thousands of persons otherwise unlearned had more to do with the character, the mind, and the imaginative power of our ancestors than we moderns can always understand.
From: An Autobiography & Other Essays by G. M. Trevelyan (London: Longmans, Green and Co., 1949), p. 23.
George Macaulay Trevelyan (1876-1962) was an English historian, author, and educator. He was the great-nephew of the famous historian and author Thomas Babbington Macaulay (1800-1859).