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Record Number: 167


Reading Experience:

Evidence:

' A Jesuit reported on a Puritan meeting in the late 1580s: "Each of them had his own Bible, and sedulously turned the pages and looked up the texts cited by the preachers, discussing the passages among themselves to see whether they had quoted them to the point, and accurately, and in harmony with their tenets. Also, they would start arguing among themselves about the meaning of passages from the Scriptures - men, women, boys, girls, rustics, labourers and idiots..."'

Century:

1500-1599

Date:

Between 1585 and 1590

Country:

England

Time

n/a

Place:

n/a

Type of Experience
(Reader):
 

silent aloud unknown
solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown

Type of Experience
(Listener):
 

solitary reactive unknown
single serial unknown


Reader / Listener / Reading Group:

Reading Group:

Puritans

Age:

Unknown

Gender:

Unknown

Date of Birth:

n/a

Socio-Economic Group:

Clergy (includes all denominations)
mixed congregation also reading

Occupation:

preacher

Religion:

Puritan

Country of Origin:

n/a

Country of Experience:

England

Listeners present if any:
e.g family, servants, friends

a congregation of puritans of all ages and both sexes


Additional Comments:

Preachers reading aloud and Puritan congregation following in own Bibles



Text Being Read:

Author:

Title:

The Bible

Genre:

Bible, Classics, Y

Form of Text:

Print: Book

Publication Details

n/a

Provenance

unknown


Source Information:

Record ID:

167

Source:

Print

Author:

Jonathan Rose

Editor:

n/a

Title:

The Intellectual Life of the British Working Classes

Place of Publication:

New Haven

Date of Publication:

2001

Vol:

n/a

Page:

14

Additional Comments:

n/a

Citation:

Jonathan Rose, The Intellectual Life of the British Working Classes (New Haven, 2001), p. 14, http://can-red-lec.library.dal.ca/Arts/RED/record_details.php?id=167, accessed: 07 December 2022


Additional Comments:

See Margaret Spufford, "Small Books and Pleasant Histories" (Athens GA, 1981), pp.30-4

   
   
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