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The book of common prayer : the texts of 1549, 1559, and 1662

By: Cummings, Professor Brian(Edited by)

Part of the Oxford World's Classics series
0199645205 / 9780199645206
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20 cm lxxiv, 820 pages : illustrations (black and white)
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Reprint. Originally published: 2011.

'In the midst of life we are in death.'The words of the Book of Common Prayer have permeated deep into the English language all over the world.

For nearly 500 years, and for countless people, it has provided a background fanfare for a marriage or a funeral march at a burial.

Yet this familiarity also hides a violent and controversial history.

When it was first produced the Book of Common Prayer provoked riots and rebellion, and it was banned before being translated into a host of global languages and adopted asthe basis for worship in the USA and elsewhere to the present day.

This edition presents the work in three different states: the first edition of 1549, which brought the Reformation into people's homes; the Elizabethan prayer book of 1559, familiar to Shakespeare and Milton; and the edition of 1662, which embodies the religious temper of the nation down to modern times. 'magnificent edition' Diarmaid MacCulloch,London Review of Books'superb edition...excellent notes and introduction' Rowan Williams, Times Literary Supplement ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe.

Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.


3JB c 1500 to c 1600, 3JD c 1600 to c 1700, DSBD Literary studies: c 1500 to c 1800, HBLH Early modern history: c 1450/1500 to c 1700, HRCC2 Church history, HRCL1 Christian prayerbooks

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