The Resource Shakespeare's common prayers : the Book of common prayer and the Elizabethan Age, Daniel Swift

Shakespeare's common prayers : the Book of common prayer and the Elizabethan Age, Daniel Swift

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Shakespeare's common prayers : the Book of common prayer and the Elizabethan Age
Title
Shakespeare's common prayers
Title remainder
the Book of common prayer and the Elizabethan Age
Statement of responsibility
Daniel Swift
Title variation
Book of common prayer and the Elizabethan age
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Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Societies and entire nations draw their identities from certain founding documents, whether charters, declarations, or manifestos. The Book of Common Prayer figures as one of the most crucial in the history of the English-speaking peoples. First published in 1549 to make accessible the devotional language of the late Henry the VIII's new church, the prayer book was a work of monumental religious, political, and cultural importance. Within its rituals, prescriptions, proscriptions, and expressions were fought the religious wars of the age of Shakespeare. This diminutive book--continuously reformed and revised--was how that age defined itself.In Shakespeare's Common Prayers, Daniel Swift makes dazzling and original use of this foundational text, employing it as an entry-point into the works of England's most celebrated writer. Though commonly neglected as a source for Shakespeare's work, Swift persuasively and conclusively argues that the Book of Common Prayer was absolutely essential to the playwright. It was in the Book's ambiguities and its fierce contestations that Shakespeare found the ready elements of drama: dispute over words and their practical consequences, hope for sanctification tempered by fear of simple meaninglessness, and the demand for improvised performance as compensation for the failure of language to fulfill its promises. What emerges is nothing less than a portrait of Shakespeare at work: absorbing, manipulating, reforming, and struggling with the explosive chemistry of word and action that comprised early modern liturgy. Swift argues that the Book of Common Prayer mediates between the secular and the devotional, producing a tension that makes Shakespeare's plays so powerful and exceptional. Tracing the prayer book's lines and motions through As You Like It, Hamlet, Twelfth Night, Measure for Measure, Othello, and particularly Macbeth, Swift reveals how the greatest writer of the age--of perhaps any age--was influenced and guided by its most important book
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1977-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Swift, Daniel
Illustrations
  • maps
  • facsimiles
Index
no index present
LC call number
PR3011
LC item number
.S95 2013
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
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  • Shakespeare, William
  • Shakespeare, William
  • Shakespeare, William
  • Shakespeare, William
  • Religion and literature
  • Religion and literature
  • Prayer in literature
  • Religion in literature
  • Prayer in literature
  • Religion
  • Religion and literature
  • Religion in literature
  • England
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Shakespeare's common prayers : the Book of common prayer and the Elizabethan Age, Daniel Swift
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Publication
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unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
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volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
A revel with the Puritans -- The only book in the world -- The form of solemnization of matrimony. For better, for worse ; Till death us depart -- The order for the administration of the Lord's Supper, or, Holy Communion. The quick and the dead ; A gap in our great feast -- The ministration of baptism to be used in the Church. Graceless sacraments ; Above all humane power -- Five or six words
Dimensions
22 cm
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unknown
Extent
289 pages
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unknown
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online
Isbn
9780199838561
Lccn
2012005616
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unknown
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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n
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40021557601
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map
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Specific material designation
remote
System control number
  • (OCoLC)778857584
  • (OCoLC)ocn778857584
Label
Shakespeare's common prayers : the Book of common prayer and the Elizabethan Age, Daniel Swift
Publication
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
A revel with the Puritans -- The only book in the world -- The form of solemnization of matrimony. For better, for worse ; Till death us depart -- The order for the administration of the Lord's Supper, or, Holy Communion. The quick and the dead ; A gap in our great feast -- The ministration of baptism to be used in the Church. Graceless sacraments ; Above all humane power -- Five or six words
Dimensions
22 cm
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
289 pages
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780199838561
Lccn
2012005616
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other control number
40021557601
Other physical details
map
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
unknown
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
  • (OCoLC)778857584
  • (OCoLC)ocn778857584

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