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The Authorized Version and the Book of Common Prayer at the Restoration
David Bagchi

more fateful one which took place at the Restoration, and which had a not dissimilar outcome. The Bible translation commissioned by King James VI and I was not universally acclaimed in its early years; but it was one aspect of religious life in England which remained largely unscathed by the upheavals of the Civil War and the Interregnum. More than that, by 1661 it had achieved such widespread acceptance across all religious factions that both Independents and the heirs of Laudian Anglo-​Catholicism demanded its official restoration. Having seen off its only real

in From Republic to Restoration
Margaret Christian

and Bethshemites was also bubonic plague. Thus, the Bible story was made to allegorize the 1563 London plague, just as Spenser would create allegorical equivalents for moments of England’s national and religious life. Grindal’s expectation, that his hearers would easily decode and apply the individual details of the biblical story to England (“Did not we wretchedly leese the Ark?”), suggests that such services trained them well to decode and apply the details of Spenser’s fiction. When the plague returned to London in 1593, the prayers and composite psalm together

in Spenserian allegory and Elizabethan biblical exegesis