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The Anglican Canons, 1529-1947, ed. Gerald Bray, 1998.

This volume is a major scholarly edition of some of the most important sources in the history of the Anglican Church. It includes all the canons produced by the Church of England from the opening of the Reformation parliament in 1529 to 1947. Most of the material comes from the 16th and 17th centuries, among which the canons of 1529, 1602 and 1640, and Cardinal Pole's legatine constitutions of 1656 are of particular importance. But the volume also includes the deposited canons of 1874 and 1879 and the proposed canons of 1947. In addition, it includes both the Irish canons of 1634 and the Scottish canons of 1636. The canons are accompanied by a substantial number of supplementary texts and appendixes, illustrating their sources and development. Latin texts are accompanied by parallel English translations and the editor provides a full scholarly apparatus. The introduction provides an up-to-date analysis of the framing and significance of each set of canons, as well as critical discussions of the origins and development of canon law and the system of ecclesiastical courts. It is an essential work of reference for interested in the history of the Church of England since the Reformation.

Gerald Bray is Anglican Professor of Divinity at Beeson Divinity School, Samford University, USA.

ISBN 0 85115 518 9.  Price: 95 (Members: 45).

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