Bishops at Large are as old as Christendom—prelates that are not tied to a particular diocese. In this ground-breaking book, Peter Anson uses the term to describe those bishops who have valid orders but are, for various reasons, not in communion with the Church of Rome or the historic churches of the East.
The independent Catholic movement has branches all over the world. It constitutes one of the most interesting and diverse phenomena in Christian history, one worthy of greater visibility and academic attention. Here is the classic history of the various successions claimed by most independent jurisdictions. This is the most sought-after book in the movement’s history, now back in print after forty years from the Apocryphile Press.