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"The fourme of byddyng of the common prayers," as used in a parish church in the time of Edw. VI., 1547

MS. Rawl. C. 589

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The date of the prayer is 1547, since it comprehends a petition for the union of England and Scotland by the marriage of the king "with the yong quene of Scotlande."

"Quene Katerine dowagier" and the king's sisters Mary and Elizabeth are mentioned, and "Master Mayre of thys cytie with all hys brethern." Prayers are also desired for the "soules of my father and mother," and of "Master John Colmane, Elizabeth his wyffe, Master Thomas Bele, Alys his wyffe, Richard Knepe, quondam rector hujus ecclesie, Richard Warren, John Dyxon, and for all Chrysten sowles."

The prayers for these departed persons have been subsequently erased, and the words "pray for all them that be departed" altered into "prayse God for," etc.


  • Creation: 1547


3 Leaves

Language of Materials

  • English


MS. Rawl. C. 589

Custodial History

Number 124 in the library of T. Rawlinson.

"Read in August, 1719. Tho. Hearne."


  • Originally printed (on vellum) by Dr. Rawlinson; reprinted, p. 16 vol. i. of The Crypt , in octavo. Ringwood, 1827; and also printed in H. O. Coxe's Forms of Bidding Prayer , 1840, p. 75, from a copy by J. Lewis of Margate (in MS. Rawl. C. 155), in which the last paragraph is omitted.

Physical Facet

On paper, in quarto


Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

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