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The Book of Common Prayer

The Texts of 1549, 1559, and 1662

Edited by Brian Cummings

July 2013

ISBN: 9780199645206

896 pages
Paperback
196x129mm

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Oxford World's Classics

Price: £10.99

This unique edition of the Book of Common Prayer includes the texts of three different versions, 1549, 1559, and 1662, to provide a panorama of the history of ritual in England from the Reformation to the present day. The first edition for the common reader, with full notes and introduction, this is one of the seminal texts of human experience.

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This unique edition of the Book of Common Prayer includes the texts of three different versions, 1549, 1559, and 1662, to provide a panorama of the history of ritual in England from the Reformation to the present day. The first edition for the common reader, with full notes and introduction, this is one of the seminal texts of human experience.

  • A unique edition of the Book of Common Prayer that brings together the texts of three different versions - 1549, 1559, and 1662 - to provide a panorama of the history of ritual in England from the Reformation to the twentieth century.
  • The first edition for the common reader, regardless of religious background, providing full notes and a comprehensive glossary of vocabulary and technical terms.
  • The full text of the 1662 Book of Common Prayer, and the full divine services for the 1549 and 1559 texts; all texts freshly edited from original copies, preserving much of their original appearance, orthography, and punctuation, with limited modernization to aid the modern reader.
  • The Introduction explains the historical significance of the book and the controversial process by which it was put together and revised, the changes to the text from the Reformation to the Restoration of Charles II and the 1662 version, and the significance of the book for everyday life and the history of the English language and its literature.
  • Two appendices, one with material unique to the 1552 Book of Common Prayer, the other with ancillary material from the 1662 text, including the 39 Articles of Religion and the service for the King's Healing.
  • A Note on the Texts explains the complex printing history and the principles of this edition.
  • A Note on Music explains this aspect of the performance of the liturgy in England.
  • Full Explanatory Notes include historical discussion of the origins of baptism, communion etc, the controversial meaning of gestures, words etc and the doctrinal and political arguments which have accompanied the different versions.
  • Comprehensive Glossary covering difficult vocabulary, changes in historical meaning, and technical terms in liturgy and theology.

About the Author(s)

Edited by Brian Cummings, Professor of English Literature, University of York

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, and, from October 2012, the University of York. He was a British Academy Exchange Fellow at the Huntington Library, California, in 2007 and held a three-year Major Research Fellowship with the Leverhulme Trust from 2009 to 2012.

Table of Contents

    Introduction
    Note on the Texts
    Note on Music
    Select Bibliography
    Biblical Abbreviations
    THE BOOK OF COMMON PRAYER, 1549
    THE BOOK OF COMMON PRAYER, 1559
    THE BOOK OF COMMON PRAYER, 1662
    Appendix A: The Black Rubric, 1552
    Appendix B: Additional Orders of Service, Articles, and Tables 1662-85
    Explanatory Notes
    Glossary
    Index of Services and Orders

Reviews

This book is an exemplary text ... the reproduction of the three different prayer books is immaculate, and the introductory commentary is original and thought provoking. - Marcus Harmes, Parergon - Journal of the Australian and New Zealand Association for Medieval and Early Modern Studies

magnificent edition - Diarmaid MacCulloch, London Review of Books

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