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

Paperback | August 1, 2013

EditorBrian 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 controversialhistory. 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 moderntimes. ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expertintroductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.

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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 controversia...

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 Fel...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:896 pagesPublished:August 1, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199645205

ISBN - 13:9780199645206

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Table of Contents

IntroductionNote on the TextsNote on MusicSelect BibliographyBiblical AbbreviationsTHE BOOK OF COMMON PRAYER, 1549THE BOOK OF COMMON PRAYER, 1559THE BOOK OF COMMON PRAYER, 1662Appendix A: The Black Rubric, 1552Appendix B: Additional Orders of Service, Articles, and Tables 1662-85Explanatory NotesGlossaryIndex of Services and Orders

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