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Archive: 2019 / 08

Item of the Week

During the reign of the catholic queen Mary Tudor, many protestants fled to Calvinist Switzerland. In Geneva, the Bible was translated from the original Greek
and Hebrew texts into English. The Geneva Bible was printed in 1560. It was the first mass-produced bible in English that was available to the public and included various guides and study aides. It was used by William Shakespeare, Oliver Cromwell, and was carried by the pilgrims who crossed the Atlantic on the Mayflower. By 1600, half a million English bibles had been printed. The Geneva Bible was the first English version that had the Old Testament translated directly from the Hebrew Scriptures. A vernacular bible was an incredibly important part of the Protestant Revolution, as it meant that the common man could have access to the word of God, not just those who could read Latin. The King James version was printed in 1611 and by the Restoration of the Monarchy in 1660, it had supplanted the Geneva Bible. Here at Sulgrave we are lucky enough to have our own Geneva Bible, printed in 1607. Its owner, Edmund, wrote several notes in the margins.

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During the reign of the catholic queen Mary Tudor, many protestants fled to Calvinist Switzerland. In Geneva, the Bible was translated from the original Greek
and Hebrew texts into English. The Geneva Bible was printed in 1560. It was the first mass-produced bible in English that was available to the public and included various guides and study aides. It was used by William Shakespeare, Oliver Cromwell, and was carried by the pilgrims who crossed the Atlantic on the Mayflower. By 1600, half a million English bibles had been printed. The Geneva Bible was the first English version that had the Old Testament translated directly from the Hebrew Scriptures. A vernacular bible was an incredibly important part of the Protestant Revolution, as it meant that the common man could have access to the word of God, not just those who could read Latin. The King James version was printed in 1611 and by the Restoration of the Monarchy in 1660, it had supplanted the Geneva Bible. Here at Sulgrave we are lucky enough to have our own Geneva Bible, printed in 1607. Its owner, Edmund, wrote several notes in the margins.

If this is an item you wish to know more about please speak to our House Stewards on your next visit.

Credit: Ci Ci