Church, Crown and Civil Wars: The Book of Common Prayer

22 January–19 April, 10:00–16:00
Upper Library, Christ Church

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.

Please contact to book in advance.

Please note that access to the Upper Library is by stairs only and may cause difficulty for anyone with limited mobility.

Woodcut showing the most important religious reforms achieved by King Edward VI from  John Foxe, Actes and Monuments of these Latter and Perillous Days (London, 1563)