'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
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`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
Diarmaid MacCulloch, London Review of Books
`superb edition...excellent notes and introduction'
Rowan Williams, Times Literary Supplement
Note on the Texts
Note on Music
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
Index of Services and Orders