Long Travail and Great Paynes

A Politics of Reformation Revision

  • Vivienne Westbrook

Part of the Studies in Early Modern Religious Reforms book series (SERR, volume 1)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxxix
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  10. Back Matter
    Pages 181-190

About this book


Some of England's most fascinating Renaissance texts have been forgotten by historians, literary critics and theologians alike. The earliest printed Bibles in the English language provide an astonishingly rich resource for interdisciplinary studies in the 21st century. Long Travail and Great Paynes is a close textual analysis of seven texts that for a wide range of reasons, but no good ones, have been reduced to paratextual entries in general histories of the English Bible. Through extensive collations of her own, Westbrook uncovers the work of seven Renaissance Bible translator-revisers and argues forcefully for a new agenda to replace the outmoded and inappropriate one of evaluating Renaissance Bibles according to the extent of their influence on the 1611 King James Authorised Version. Every sixteenth-century text reflects something of the historical dynamic in which it was created, and English Renaissance Bibles, with their ever-changing text and paratext, have their own unique stories to tell.


21st century Bible English English language Renaissance argue interdisciplinary knowledge language notation politics reason reformation translator

Authors and affiliations

  • Vivienne Westbrook
    • 1
  1. 1.National Taiwan UniversityTaiwan

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2001
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-90-481-5699-3
  • Online ISBN 978-94-017-2115-8
  • Series Print ISSN 1572-5596
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