Church of England Record Society


Special Notice- Volumes for 2012 and 2013

Owing to the very heavy costs of production and distribution involved in the publication of Volume 20, National Prayers: Special Worship since the Reformation. Volume 1: Special Prayers, Fasts and Thanksgiving in the British Isles, 1533-1688, an extraordinary meeting of Council resolved in January 2014 that this should represent the society’s volumes for both 2012 and 2013. Owing to its physical size (939 pages) and the considerable significance of this publication, Council felt that this was a reasonable decision given the Society’s current financial situation, a situation whereby another volume for 2013 would involve the Society in unsustainable costs. This is not a decision that was taken lightly and does not set a precedent. The Society will continue to do its utmost to ensure the publication of an individual, annual volume in future years.

Please click here for the Society’s annual report for 2015.

The list below details the Church of England Record Society’s publications.  A list of available volumes, with details of how to purchase, is on the Boydell & Brewer website. 

Members may purchase older volumes direct from the Society at a substantial discount.  Please click here for an order form. 

  1. Visitation Articles and Injunctions of the early Stuart Church, I, 1603-25, ed. Kenneth Fincham, 1994. Reprinted 1998. Now Print on demand.
  2. The Speculum of Archbishop Thomas Secker, ed. Jeremy Gregory, 1995. Now Print on demand.
  3. The Early Letters of Bishop Richard Hurd, 1739 to 1762, ed. Sarah Brewer, 1995.
  4. Brethren in Adversity: Bishop George Bell, the Church of England and the Crisis of German Protestantism, 1933-1939, ed. Andrew Chandler, 1997. Now Print on demand.
  5. Visitation Articles and Injunctions of the early Stuart Church, II, 1625-42, ed. Kenneth Fincham, 1998.
  6. The Anglican Canons, 1529-1947, ed. Gerald Bray, 1998. Reprinted 2005.
  7. From Cranmer to Davidson: A Church of England Miscellany, ed. Stephen Taylor, 1999. Reprinted 2002.
  8. Tudor Church Reform: the Henrician Canons of 1535 and the Reformatio Legum Ecclesiasticarum, ed. Gerald Bray, 2000.
  9. All Saints Sisters of the Poor: An Anglican Sisterhood in the Nineteenth Century, ed. Susan Mumm, 2001.
  10. Conferences and Combination Lectures in the Elizabethan Church: Dedham and Bury St. Edmunds 1582-1590, eds Patrick Collinson, John Craig and Brett Usher, 2003.
  11. The Diary of Samuel Rogers, 1634-1638, eds Tom Webster and Kenneth Shipps, 2004.
  12. Evangelicalism in the Church of England, c. 1790-c.1890.A Miscellany, eds Mark Smith and Stephen Taylor, 2004.
  13. The British Delegation and the Synod of Dort, 1618-19, ed. Anthony Milton, 2005.
  14. The Beginning of Women's Ministry.  The Revival of the Deaconess in the Nineteenth-Century Church of England, ed. Henrietta Blackmore, 2007.
  15. The Letters of Theophilus Lindsey (1723-1808), I. 1747-1788,  ed. G.M. Ditchfield, 2007.
  16. The Back Parts of War. The YMCA Memoirs and Letters of Barclay Baron, 1915–1919, ed. Michael Snape, 2009.
  17. The Diary of Thomas Larkham, 1647-1669, ed.  Susan Hardman Moore, 2011.
  18. From the Reformation to the Permissive Society. A Miscellany in Celebration of the 400th Anniversary of Lambeth Palace Library, eds Melanie Barber and Stephen Taylor, with Gabriel Sewell. 2010.
Just published:
National Prayers. Special Worship since the Reformation. Volume I:  Special Prayers, Fasts and Thanksgivings in the British Isles 1533-1688, edited by Natalie Mears, Alasdair Raffe, Stephen Taylor and Philip Williamson (with Lucy Bates);

Coming soon:
Volume II: General Fasts, Thanksgivings and Special Prayers in the British Isles 1689–1870, edited by Alasdair Raffe, Stephen Taylor, Philip Williamson and Natalie Mears;
National Prayers. Special Worship since the Reformation. Volume III: Worship for National and Royal Occasions in the United Kingdom 1871–2012, edited by Philip Williamson, Stephen Taylor, Alasdair Raffe and Natalie Mears
Since the sixteenth century, the governments and established churches of the British Isles have summoned the nation to special acts of public worship during periods of anxiety and crisis, at times of celebration, or for annual commemoration and remembrance.  These special prayers, special days of worship and anniversary commemorations were national events, reaching into every parish in England and Wales, in Scotland, and in Ireland. They had considerable religious, ecclesiastical, political, ideological, moral and social significance, and they produced important texts: proclamations, council orders, addresses and – in England and Wales, and in Ireland – prayers or complete liturgies which for specified periods supplemented or replaced the services in the Book of Common Prayer.  Many of these acts of special worship and most of the texts have escaped historical notice.  National Prayers. Special Worship since the Reformation, in three volumes, provides the edited texts, commentaries and source notes for each of the nearly nine hundred occasions of special worship, and for each of the annual commemorations.

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