August 01, 2016

With the end of the reign of Bloody Mary, those involved in the Reformation could safely return to England. Because the Geneva Bible contained marginal notes that were vehemently opposed to the government-controlled church, Queen Elizabeth I and the Anglican Church reluctantly tolerated its distribution, but strongly desired a new version since the only remaining copies of the less-inflammatory Great Bible were now decades old. In 1568, the Bishop's Bible, a revision of the Great Bible, was introduced. Though nineteen different editions were printed between 1568 and 1606, the Bishop's Bible was never widely accepted by the people.

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