The First Bible Printed in England: A Little Known Witness from Late Henrician England
Journal of Ecclesiastical History
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The first Bible to be printed in England was produced in by the royal printer, and with Henry VIII’s initial support. It has attracted little scholarly attention. This first extensive examination traces its creation and early reception as witness 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, scho- lars, 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.
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