The People's Bible

The People's Bible : The Remarkable History of the King James Version

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This is the story of one of the most influential, provocative, ambitious projects of its day: translating the Bible into English, the language of the people. In 1604 the new King James I convened a meeting at Hampton Court to address the problem of the Puritans. The recommendation was for the authorization of a new translation of the Bible, one that would be accessible to the common people and placed in every Church in his realm. Within three years a team of 47 scholars on six committees had begun work in Oxford, Cambridge and Westminster. The fruit of their labours was the Authorized Version published in 1611. Beautifully presented and based on scholarly research, this book traces the fascinating history of the AV from its earliest predecessors through its remarkable influence on the church, literature, and wider society.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 140 x 218 x 16mm | 299.37g
  • Lion Books
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 8pp colour plate section
  • 0745955592
  • 9780745955599
  • 617,104

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"An insightful and no-nonsense account of one of the most influential and well-loved books in English from its genesis in Lollardy to the revelation of its textual variations and multiple uses in the four centuries since its publication." Peter Furtado, former editor, "History Today"" "A marvellous, witty, thought-provoking and utterly compelling book written by a master storyteller. It should be required reading for anyone interested in faith and the shaping of the western mind." Jessie Childs, author, "Henry VIII's Last Victim""
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About Wilson

Popular historian Derek Wilson came to prominence 40 years ago with A Tudor Tapestry. He is the highly acclaimed author of over 50 books and has written and presented numerous television and radio programmes. He lives and writes in Devon.
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