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The Book of Common Prayer : a biography

Author: Alan Jacobs
Publisher: Princeton and Oxford : Princeton University Press, [2013]
Series: Lives of great religious books.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"While many of us are familiar with such famous words as, "Dearly beloved, we are gathered together here." or "Ashes to ashes, dust to dust," we may not know that they originated with The Book of Common Prayer, which first appeared in 1549. Like the words of the King James Bible and Shakespeare, the language of this prayer book has saturated English culture and letters. Here Alan Jacobs tells its story. Jacobs shows  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Alan Jacobs
ISBN: 9780691154817 0691154813
OCLC Number: 841893562
Notes: Includes index.
Description: xiii, 236 pages ; 20 cm.
Contents: The archbishop in his library --
One book for one country --
Revision, banishment, restoration --
Becoming venerable --
The book in the social world --
Objects, bodies, and controversies --
The pressures of the modern --
Many books for many countries --
The prayer book and its printers.
Series Title: Lives of great religious books.
Responsibility: Alan Jacobs.
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