Book of Common Prayer Timeline

Friday, 28 Jun 2013

There were several editions of the Book of Common Prayer during the Reformation. The first English language prayer book, replacing the ubiquitous Latin, was in 1549. This was further strengthened in a more Reformed theological direction by Archbishop Thomas Cranmer in 1552, after advice from the continental reformers Martin Bucer and Peter Martyr Vermigli. The prayer book was done away with under the Roman Catholic "Bloody Mary," but returned under Elizabeth I with only a few changes to the 1552 volume. That Elizabethan edition was the prayer book of Shakespeare. From then on, there were only minor changes, ...

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