The "Book of Common Prayer": A Biography (Lives of Great Religious Books)

The "Book of Common Prayer": A Biography (Lives of Great Religious Books)

Alan Jacobs


While many people are conversant in such recognized phrases as, "Dearly liked, we're collected jointly the following. . ." or "Ashes to ashes, airborne dirt and dust to dust," we would possibly not recognize that they originated with The Book of universal Prayer, which first seemed in 1549. just like the phrases of the King James Bible and Shakespeare, the language of this prayer publication has saturated English tradition and letters. the following Alan Jacobs tells its tale. Jacobs exhibits how The Book of universal Prayer--from its beginnings as a way of social and political keep watch over within the England of Henry VIII to its all over the world presence today--became a venerable paintings whose cadences exhibit the guts of non secular existence for many.

The book's leader maker, Thomas Cranmer, Archbishop of Canterbury, created it because the authoritative guide of Christian worship all through England. yet as Jacobs recounts, the ebook has had a variable and dramatic occupation within the complex historical past of English church politics, and has been the point of interest of celebrations, protests, or even penitentiary phrases. As time handed, new sorts of the publication have been made to fit the numerous English-speaking countries: first in Scotland, then within the new usa, and at last anyplace the British Empire prolonged its arm. over the years, Cranmer's ebook used to be tailored for various personal tastes and reasons. Jacobs vividly demonstrates how one e-book grew to become many--and the way it has formed the devotional lives of guys and girls around the globe.

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