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The origin and text of The Book of Common Prayer

Despite its controversial history, the Book of Common Prayer is an influential religious text and one of the most compelling works of English literature. How has this document retained its relevancy even after numerous revisions? What can it teach us about British history and the English language? We spoke with Brian Cummings, editor of the Oxford World’s Classics edition of The Book of Common Prayer, about the importance of this text.

Why did you want release a new edition of this book?

How did you choose the three texts used in your edition?

Why is the text considered a part of literature?

Can you tell us about the origins of the book?

How was the book incorporated into daily life?

How has the book influenced literature and language?

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