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by Brian Cummings (editor)
The Book of Common Prayer: The Texts of 1549, 1559, and 1662 edited by Brian Cummings - The words of the Book of Common Prayer have permeated through the life and literature of the English-speaking 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 hides a violent and controversial history. When it was first produced, the Book of Common Prayer provoked riots among Catholics. In the civil wars of the 17th century, it was banned by radical puritans, who believed it encouraged superstition and idolatry. Conversely, with the spread of the British Empire, it was translated into a host of languages and adopted as the basis for forms of worship in the United States and elsewhere.
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 remained the standard form of liturgy up to the middle of the 20th century. 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 in the history of the English language and its literature. (Oxford University Press, hardback, 821pp, 2011)