The Printed Text of Prayers or Meditations<sup>1</sup>

in Katherine Parr

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print June 2011 | ISBN: 9780226647241
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226647265 | DOI:
The Printed Text of Prayers or Meditations1

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Queen Katherine Parr's “Prayers or Meditations,” registers as an ambitious, even an autonomous attempt to provide English readers, especially King Henry VIII, with a private counterpart to the English Litany that Archbishop Thomas Cranmer published in 1544. Through Parr's systematic selections and alterations, the connotations of spirituality are wrenched from a perceptibly traditional to an emergently Reformist cast. Divergences in theological and psychological outlook widen as Parr excerpts and reworks her source. However, reformation thought does not seem a likely source for the insistent dependency and submissiveness expressed by the soul in the book. It figures grace as the vital empowerment by which God opens in the sin-marred human soul, the only conduit to a positive relation between the two.

Keywords: Katherine Parr; meditations; prayers; spirituality; Bible; litany; Thomas Cranmer; reformation

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Subjects: Literature

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