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The Book of Common Prayer The Texts of 1549, 1559, and 1662 (Oxford World's Classics) Paperback – 11 Jul 2013
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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)
magnificent edition (Diarmaid MacCulloch, London Review of Books)
superb edition...excellent notes and introduction (Rowan Williams, Times Literary Supplement)
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, and, from October 2012, the University of York. He was a British Academy Exchange Fellow at the Huntington Library, California, in 2007 and held a three-year Major Research Fellowship with the Leverhulme Trust from 2009 to 2012.
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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 ›
The main drawback is getting to the textual notes from the services, easy enough in reverse, however.
This is an interesting and useful book.
This book excels in the highly readable introduction from Brian Cummings. A fascinating history of the prayer book and England's wider religious journey, it is enjoyable for those with little knowledge and for those who would like to learn more. It makes clear the crucial role the Book had in the reformation. From day one Catholics and those of more traditional tastes were dismayed, as were Puritans who thought it was far too close to the Church of Rome. These were never truly settled, and as Cummings pointed out, this matter of religious division led to civil war. Charting the history of the Book from its predecessor in Luther's "Deutsche Mass" to the twentieth century history of rewrites and amendments, the story is a long one and as Cummings makes the analogue, it is like a character in a novel in the way it itself changes and also alters history.
This most satisfying edition is wonderful as a reference book to turn to time and again, and an enlightening introduction to the subject.
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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 8 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 14 months ago by Hardizaz
It is what it is.the greatest example of the English languagePublished 19 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 on 24 May 2015 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 on 6 Mar. 2015 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 on 23 Feb. 2015 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