The Book of Common Prayer: the texts of 1549, 1559, and 1662

Cummings, Brian, ed. (2011) The Book of Common Prayer: the texts of 1549, 1559, and 1662. Oxford University Press, Oxford. ISBN 9780199207176

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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 as the 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. Far from being a book for the religious only, the Book of Common Prayer is one of the seminal texts of human experience and a manual of everyday ritual: a book to live, love, and die to.

Item Type: Edited Book
Additional Information: Scholarly edition with full critical apparatus
Schools and Departments: School of English > English
Depositing User: Brian Cummings
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 19:32
Last Modified: 03 Jul 2012 11:25
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