Posted: February 21, 2013 in Uncategorized

Lee Gatiss

The Book of Common Prayer: The Texts of 1549, 1559, and 1662 edited by Brian Cummings (OUP, 2011) is only £16.99 for a beautifully presented hardback of 896 pages.

The year 2012 is, of course, the 350th anniversary of the 1662 Book of Common Prayer. Coming hot on the heels of the 400th anniversary of the King James version of the Bible in 2011 (and the planned distribution of this “cultural artefact” to all schools at the Government’s expense), this catches the nation in a positively nostalgic mood. For those so inclined, therefore, this well-produced edition of the BCP in three different historical guises, enables us not only to hear the word as Shakespeare would have heard it in church on a Sunday, but pray along with him in the Reformation idiom of Cranmer’s Prayer Book. Many will of course be familiar with the Prayer Book already, not as…

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