The Books of Homilies Paperback

A Critical Edition

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The Books of Homilies

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"The two Books of Homilies, along with the Book of Common Prayer and the Ordinal, have long been basic documents of the Church of England, and are valuable in showing how Anglican doctrine shifted during the Reformation, as well as being of considerable historical importance. The first book, published in 1547, early in the reign of Edward VI, was partly, though not entirely, the work of Archbishop Thomas Cranmer, and the inspiration appears to have been his. This was intended to raise the standards of preaching by offering model ser mons covering particular doctrinal and pastoral themes, either to be read (particularly by unlicensed clergy) or to provide preachers with additional material for their own sermons. The success of the venture led Bishop Edmund Bonner, who had contributed to Cranmer's book, to produce his own Book of Homilies in 1555, during the reign of Queen Mary. The Second Book of Homilies, published in 1563 (and in a revised form in 1571) appears in turn to have been influenced by both Cranmer's and Bonner's books. The present edition brings together all three books, edited and introduced by Revd Dr Gerald Bray."

The Books of Homilies was published by James Clarke & Co Ltd in February 2017. The ISBN for The Books of Homilies is 9780227176238.

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Details for The Books of Homilies

Book FormatPaperback
PublisherJames Clarke & Co Ltd (February 2017)
EditionCritical edition
Number of Pages600
Thickness32 mm
Height234 mm
Width156 mm
Product Code4450107
Page last updated 7th June 2018
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