Church, Crown and Civil Wars: The Book of Common Prayer
The exhibition celebrates Christ Church's collection of early editions of the Book of Common Prayer and related material which bears witness to a tumultuous period of religious and political history.
Highlights of the exhibition include William Tyndale’s New Testament of 1536; the very first edition of the first 1549 Book of Common Prayer; the controversial first Scottish Prayer Book of 1637, prepared for the Church of Scotland under the direction of Archbishop Laud; and a 1651 first edition of Thomas Hobbes’ Leviathan, a masterpiece of political theory formed on the experience of the Civil Wars in Britain.
Special Interest Event: Bloomsbury and the Art of Being Modern
Was Virginia Woolf right when she proclaimed that ‘on or about December 1910, human character changed’? She and her fellow members of the Bloomsbury Group certainly did not lack ambition and a high sense of purpose.
This year’s conference will take Woolf and the cohort loosely grouped around her in Bloomsbury and beyond to explore the modernist creative explosion of the early twentieth century.
Prayer Book and Revolution
Leading historians will discuss the significance of Christ Church MS 540, showing its place in the wider story of the Civil Wars and the development of a distinctive religious identity that would become Anglicanism.
Our speakers will be Richard Cust (University of Birmingham), Ken Fincham (University of Kent), Sarah Mortimer (Christ Church, Oxford), and William White (University of Hertfordshire).