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Readership: Any readers interested in British history and the English language, churchgoers, students and teachers of British history from 1500, English literature, theology, interdisciplinary courses in religious culture and experience, religion and literature.
Edited by Brian Cummings, Anniversary Professor at the University of York
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. He was a British Academy Exchange Fellow at the Huntington Library, California, in 2007 and is currently a research professor holding a three-year Major Research Fellowship with the Leverhulme Trust (2009-12).
"the best modern edition" - New Statesman
"Everything has been planned and executed faultlessly, from the massive undertaking of the editions themselves (for which Cummings consulted hundreds of copies of the Book of Common Prayer), right down to the details, like the glossary, and the enriching features, like the note on music. The result is a book that is at once accessible to a lay reader with little knowledge of the history of the Book of Common Prayer and stimulating to academics working in the fields of church history, book history," - Ruth Ahnert, Cambridge Quarterly
"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
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