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Payette Bible Series — 1662 Book of Common Prayer
Eleventh installment in Forsyth resident's remarkable collection
A fascinating inclusion to this 1662 Book of Common Prayer is the story of the Gunpowder Treason plot to blow up the House of Lords in 1605. This assassination attempt on King James, if successful, would have prevented the world from seeing a King James Bible like the first edition featured last week in the FCN. To King James’ credit, even though a group of English Catholics were blamed and the plotters executed, many loyal Catholics were permitted to retain high offices despite the anti-Catholic legislation that was enacted. Why this plot was included in a Book of Prayers remains a mystery. - photo by Micah Green
FORSYTH COUNTY — Before examining the incredible 1662 copy of the Book of Common Prayer, the 11thpart in the Forsyth County News’ series on resident Charles Payette’s Bible collection, it is important to note the book was introduced to the Church of England in 1549. Written and arranged by the then Archbishop of Canterbury, Thomas Cranmer, the book was not immediately well received. Cranmer, who began quietly working on the book while Henry VIII was still the reigning king, felt sympathy for the early Reformers and wanted the clergy, as well as the people, to have a “guide” when it came to worship.