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The Book of Common Prayer: The Texts of 1549, 1559, and 1662
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The Book of Common Prayer: The Texts of 1549, 1559, and 1662

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by Brian Cummings
 

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'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

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'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 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.

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"[I]f this edition makes the prayer book texts available to--and appreciated by--more general readers, it will have served its admirable purpose." -- Catholic Historical Review

"Magnificent edition" --Diarmaid MacCulloch, London Review of Books

"Superb edition...excellent notes and introduction" --Rowan Williams, Times Literary Supplement

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780191619922
Publisher:
OUP Oxford
Publication date:
09/08/2011
Series:
Oxford World's Classics Series
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
823,778
File size:
4 MB

Meet the Author

Brian Cummings received his BA at Cambridge University, where he also took his PhD under the supervision of the poet Geoffrey Hill and the church historian Eamon Duffy. He was previously a Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge before moving to Sussex. He was a British Academy Exchange Fellow at the Huntington Library, California, in 2007 and is currently a research professor holding a three-year Major Research Fellowship with the Leverhulme Trust (2009-12).

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The Book of Common Prayer The Texts of 1549, 1559, and 1662 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
OWC-reader More than 1 year ago
This is a UK-only OWC edition, which B&N imports to the USA from a third-party seller. There is no indication of this on the B&N web site. Expect shipping to take longer than a normal book, and to come from a third party. Kudos to B&N for making this book available in the USA.