The book of common prayer and the elizabethan age seems to suggest a history of the making and reception of the english prayer book starting with its creation by thomas cranmer in 1549 and . Shakespeares common prayers the book of common prayer and the elizabethan age daniel swift highly original argument the book of common prayer has received little attention by shakespeare scholars offers scholarly engagement with recent developments in historical studies and literary criticism as well as original archival research. Shakespeares common prayers is an argument not before considered and a compelling one that the book of common prayer not only heavily influenced much of shakespeares writing but also that his response to and interaction with it sheds light on his genius as an author. Shakespeares common prayers the book of common prayer and the elizabethan age user review book verdict the book of common prayer bcp was first published in 1549 during the english reformation and is the source of such well known phrases as earth to earth ashes to ashes dust to dust and speak . In his 2012 book shakespeares common prayers the book of common prayer and the elizabethan age reviewed here daniel swift agrees that the books influence has been neglected neither the bible nor the book of common prayer are mentioned in bulloughs six volume collection of narrative and dramatic sources of shakespeare or other books looking at shakespeares sources
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