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A Manuscript of the King's Book

Margaret Christian

In 1999, a manuscript version of the King's Book (the final doctrinal formulary published by Henry VIII's government) surfaced in the book world. Although a new documentary link in the chain connecting the scandalously "Lutheran" Ten Articles (1536) and the much-debated Bishops' Book (1537) with the King's Book (1543) would shed welcome light on the development of the official doctrine of Henry's church, collation of the four texts leads to to the conclusion that the manuscript (now at Yale's Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library) is not a link between the 1537 and 1543 volumes, and cannot help historians understand the process of theological change.

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