A Necessary Doctrine and Erudicion for Any Chrysten Man, set furth by the Kynges Maiestye of England. &c.
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A Necessary Doctrine and Erudicion for Any Chrysten Man, set furth by the Kynges Maiestye of England. &c. [London: Imprinted in Fletestrete by Thomas Berthelet, printer to the kynges hyghnes, the xxix. daye of Maye, the yere of our lorde, 1543]. Small octavo, title page printed within woodcut compartment, this work is commonly known as The King's Book, being Henry VIII's post-divorce version of The Bishop's Book; the introduction was ostensibly written by the King himself; text printed in black letter throughout, bound in later full calf, rebacked in 1907, worn, some minor worming; ex libris Halifax Literary & Philosophy Society (bookplate), and Thomas Brown Wilber (blindstamp in ffep), with an older Quaritch condition note penciled inside back board, 5 3/8 x 3 1/2 in.
"It was the King who secured the compliance of the political nation for his divorce and orchestrated the parliamentary statutes of 1533-35. Once the course had been set by the enactment of the Supremacy Act, Henry's policy was marked by a remarkable, if not always serene, consistency. The King intervened personally to ensure that the Bishop's Book of 1537 reflected his vision of a reformed, purged, but theologically orthodox church. Nor was the last decade of the reign marked by a conservative reaction, as is usually supposed. The King's Book of 1543 pursued the search for an elusive middle way by reaffirming both reforms accomplished and Catholic theology." (Quoted from the article "The King's Reformation," a review by Andrew Pettegree published in History Today of The King's Reformation: Henry VIII and the Remaking of the English Church by George Bernard, Yale University Press, 2005) https://www.historytoday.com/andrew-pettegree/king%E2%80%99s-reformation
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