Liturgy and Literature in the Making of Protestant England by Timothy RosendaleLiturgy and Literature in the Making of Protestant England by Timothy Rosendale

Liturgy and Literature in the Making of Protestant England

byTimothy Rosendale

Paperback | March 3, 2011

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The Book of Common Prayer is one of the most important and influential books in English history, but it has received relatively little attention from literary scholars. This study seeks to remedy this by attending to the prayerbook's importance in England's political, intellectual, religious, and literary history. The first half of the book presents extensive analyses of the Book of Common Prayer's involvement in early modern discourses of nationalism and individualism, and argues that the liturgy sought to engage and textually reconcile these potentially competing cultural impulses. In its second half, Liturgy and Literature traces these tensions in subsequent works by four major authors - Sidney, Shakespeare, Milton, and Hobbes - and contends that they operate within the dialectical parameters laid out in the prayerbook decades earlier. Rosendale's analyses are supplemented by a brief history of the Book of Common Prayer, and by an appendix which discusses its contents.
Title:Liturgy and Literature in the Making of Protestant EnglandFormat:PaperbackDimensions:248 pages, 9.02 × 5.98 × 0.55 inPublished:March 3, 2011Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0521173981

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Table of Contents

Introduction; Part I. Prelude/Mattins: through 1549: 1. The Book of Common Prayer and national identity; 2. The Book of Common Prayer and individual identity; Part II. Interlude: 1549-1662: 3. Representation and authority in Renaissance literature; 4. Revolution and representation; Postscript/Evensong: 1662-present; Appendix: 'THE booke'.

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"Rosendale's book will leave a strong impression on current sixteenth-century scholarship because of its interdisciplinary approach, its sound line of argument, and its depth of research...All in all, this work is highly recommended generally, but will be especially useful for religious historians, theologians, and literature scholars."
Sixteenth Century Journal, Nathan James Martin, Charleston Southern University