The King's Printers' Bible and Book of Common Prayer Monopoly

Graham Rees and Maria Wakely

in Publishing, Politics, and Culture

Published in print December 2009 | ISBN: 9780199576319
Published online February 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191722233 | DOI:
The King's Printers' Bible and Book of Common Prayer Monopoly

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The King's Printing House was the only begetter of that Behemoth of books, the Bible in English. In fact, the production of vernacular Bibles, together with New Testaments and the Book of Common Prayer, was to a large degree the point and raison d'être of the King's Printers in the reign of James I. Monopoly production of editions of these texts made the King's Printers the mediators of artefacts which embodied the three inseparables: an official politics, the state religion, and an emergent national culture. This chapter discusses Bible production before the King James Bible, the advent of the King James Bible, Bible production from 1611, the value of the Bible trade, and The Book of Common Prayer.

Keywords: King's Printing House; King James Bible; Bible trade; Common Prayer

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Subjects: Literary Studies (1500 to 1800)

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