The Book of Common Prayer Paperback

The Texts of 1549, 1559, and 1662

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The Book of Common Prayer

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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. 'magnificent edition' Diarmaid MacCulloch,London Review of Books 'superb edition...excellent notes and introduction' Rowan Williams, Times Literary Supplement

The Book of Common Prayer was published by Oxford University Press in July 2013 and is our 27586th best seller. The ISBN for The Book of Common Prayer is 9780199645206.

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Details for The Book of Common Prayer

Page last updated 8th June 2016
Book FormatPaperback
PublisherOxford University Press (July 2013)
Number of Pages896
Thickness41 mm
Height196 mm
Width138 mm
Product Code4064649
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