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A Material History of the Bible, England 1200-1553$
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Eyal Poleg

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780197266717

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197266717.001.0001

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The First Printed English Bible(s)

The First Printed English Bible(s)

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(p.82) 3 The First Printed English Bible(s)
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A Material History of the Bible, England 1200-1553
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Eyal Poleg

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British Academy
DOI:10.5871/bacad/9780197266717.003.0003

This chapter begins with a short exploration into a century when nearly no Bibles were produced in England. It then moves to explore the first Bible printed in England in 1535, against the background of its more famous contemporary, the Coverdale Bible. The first printed Bible is unusual Latin book, whose preface was authored by Henry VIII. It has attracted nearly no scholarly attention, and this first extensive examination traces its creation and early reception as witnesses to the uncertain course of the English Reformation. Its origins reveal a dependency on Continental models, which were then modified to create a book carefully placed between conservatism and reform. Priests, scholars, children and crooks left their marks on the Bible, and advanced digital technology exposes unique evidence for the merging of Latin and English in late Henrician liturgy.

Keywords:   Latin, translation, Coverdale Bible, Gutenberg Bible, print, Thomas Berthelet, Henry VIII, Reformation

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