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Photos: Hidden Text Discovered in England’s Oldest Bible

Title Page

Title Page

(Image credit: Copyright Lambeth Palace Library)

Marginalia visible through the title page of the 1535 Latin Bible.

In the margins

In the margins

(Image credit: Copyright Lambeth Palace Library)

Marginal notes in the Latin Bible, copied from the "Great Bible" — the first authorized English-language Bible in England. These notes represent tables of lessons, which provide a schedule of texts to be read on certain days, such as Easter. The owner of this Bible was clinging to Latin prayer, but transitioning to English lessons, highlighting the gradual on-the-ground change during the English Reformation.

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