- Hardcover: 896 pages
- Publisher: OUP Oxford; First Edition edition (8 Sept. 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0199207178
- ISBN-13: 978-0199207176
- Product Dimensions: 21.8 x 2 x 15 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 320,447 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Book of Common Prayer The Texts of 1549, 1559, and 1662 (Oxford World's Classics) Hardcover – 8 Sep 2011
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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)
About the Author
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).
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The title is misleading because only shortened versions of the 1549 and 1559 editions are included, and the full texts are not easily reconstructable from the information given - they are, however (if regrettably) probably the most readily obtainable versions of those editions. (The 1552 edition - a key work - is not included, and neither are the 1550 and 1552 ordinals - the latter is a serious omission, as it is almost identical to the Elizabethan one, and would thus have supplemented the 1559 text.) The texts given are lightly modernised (e.g. for i/j and u/v) - this is perfectly satisfactory for the 1662 text, but less so for the 1549 and 1559 texts, especially as contractions and elisions are also silently expanded.
Serious students really need to supplement this book with E.C.S.Read more ›
What a missed opportunity for OUP to show off all the advantagesof e-book versions of their catalogue or, at the very least, to show how navigating them can be as painless as flipping through a hard copy of the book.
This is also unfortunate for Mr Cummings since clearly a lot of research and thought and work has gone into producing this very interesting collection of formative BCP texts - I'm not sure how easily available the 1559 text is - and I do very much hope that Amazon doesn't tar the hard copy editions of his book with this negative review based purely on the OUP e-book format.
True to form, Amazon have been exemplary in their very prompt refund/cancellation of my purchase of the Kindle version. I remain as committed as ever to the Kindle (and to OUP) but just wish that the publisher could have done more in producing this Kindle version than, as it were, producing one long pdf of the hard copy book.
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This book's contents meet the promise of the title but sadly, as an ebook, it is a waste of money. There are no links between the texts and the explanatory notes, so 2 devices or a... Read morePublished 4 months ago by C. J. Tyler
This is not simply the BCP in three variant forms; it is a comprehensive guide to its textual history and is simply a must for all students of renaissance studies. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Hardizaz
It is what it is.the greatest example of the English languagePublished 15 months ago by max eddleston
This book is a fantastic resource for historians working on anything involving the revisions of the Prayer Book. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Dogtah
I got this for research. One of the characters in my SF novels Starship Home and Starship World is a 16th century English nun and mystic, kidnapped by aliens to be integrated in a... Read morePublished 22 months ago by TONY MORPHETT
As a book book, I am sure that this is excellent, comprehensive and well worth the money. As a Kindle item with absolutely no means of proper navigation it is, in my opinion, a... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Derek Dobbs
I love the print version of this edition of the BCP. However, I was very disappointed with the apparent lack of the facility to navigate within the Kindle version. Read morePublished on 4 Jan. 2015 by R. P. A. ENSOR
Wonderful. Would that all churches would use it for their services, as do King's College chapel and the Chapel Royal.Published on 20 May 2014 by Amazon Customer
Excellent work of reference and devotion, well pesented and elegantly printed. I enjoy my own copy and have given others away.Published on 29 April 2014 by Patrick Furlong