God's Secretaries by Adam Nicolson
The Making of the King James Bible

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A network of complex currents flowed across Jacobean England. This was the England of Shakespeare, Jonson, and Bacon; the era of the Gunpowder Plot and the worst outbreak of the plague. Jacobean England was both more godly and less godly than the country had ever been, and the entire culture was drawn taut between these polarities. This was the world that created the King James Bible. It is the greatest work of English prose ever written, and it is no coincidence that the translation was made at the moment "Englishness," specifically the English language itself, had come into its first passionate maturity. The English of Jacobean England has a more encompassing idea of its own scope than any form of the language before or since. It drips with potency and sensitivity. The age, with all its conflicts, explains the book.

This P.S. edition features an extra 16 pages of insights into the book, including author interviews, recommended reading, and more.

About Adam Nicolson

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Adam Nicols on is the author of Seamanship, God's Secretaries, and Seize the Fire. He has won both the Somerset Maugham and William Heinemann awards, and he lives with his family at Sissinghurst Castle in England.
Published August 1, 2005 by Harper Perennial. 336 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Religion & Spirituality, Education & Reference, Travel, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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The King James Bible remains the most influential Bible translation of all time. Its elegant style and the exalted cadences of its poetry and prose echo forcefully in Shakespeare, Milton, T.S. Elio

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After reading Adam Nicolson's book, "God's Secretaries: The Making of the King James Bible," I have a deepened appreciation for the majesty, the richness, the musicality, and the exactness of this beloved English translation of the Bible.

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