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Also worth checking are the statutes in Powicke and Cheney, Councils and Synods vol. 2 pts. 1 & 2. They often list the books every parish should have. Records of visitations occasionally comment on the presence or absence of such books and the condition in which the visitors found them.

Tom Izbicki


From: medieval-religion - Scholarly discussions of medieval religious culture <[log in to unmask]> on behalf of Katherine French <[log in to unmask]>
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medieval-religion: Scholarly discussions of medieval religion and culture Dear Robert,
English parishes would not necessarily have had a complete Bible until mandated in the 1540s as part of the Reformation. Parishes would have had a variety of liturgical books, which would have included some bits of the Bible, a collection of saints lives, and maybe a sermon collection. For more info you might check my <I> People of the Parish<I>
Best,
Katherine French
J. Frederick Hoffman Prof. of History
University of Michigan

On Aug 6, 2018, at 2:47 PM, Bob Peckham <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

medieval-religion: Scholarly discussions of medieval religion and culture

Is there any way of knowing if the whole Bible (vulgate or others) was adequately available in Medieval England? Did each church or parish have at least one? What was the role of partial texts: NT, OT, Psalms, one book, one extra-canonical book?

Is there any story, poem, etc. in medieval English literature that portrays someone other than a priest, a monk, a nun reading a Bible?

Thank you for your attention.

Robert D. Peckham

Professor of French Emeritus

Univ. of Tennessee at Martin
Chevalier dans l'Ordre des Palmes Académiques
                                                                           

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