The Books of Homilies

Title page of Thomas Cawton’s copy of the 1623 edition. Lincoln College, Oxford.
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1676 edition.
Title page of the 1683 edition. Wikimedia Commons.

Primary Sources

  1. 1676 Edition [PDFs].
  2. John Griffiths, ed. The two books of homilies appointed to be read in churches. 1859. Google.
  3. The Homilies. Anglican Library.

Secondary Sources

Listed by date

  1. J. T. Tomlinson. The prayer book articles and homilies : some forgotten facts in their history which may decide their interpretation. 1897. Google
  2. John N. Wall. “Godly and fruitful lessons: an introduction to the Book of Homilies of the reign of Edward VI.” 1972.
  3. Ronald B. Bond. “Cranmer and the Controversy Surrounding Publication of ‘Certayne Sermons or Homilies’ (1547).” 1976.
  4. Ronald B. Bond. “The 1559 Revisions in ‘Certayne Sermons or Homilies’: ‘For the Better Understandyng of the Simple People.'” 1978.
  5. John E. Booty, David Seigenthaler and John N. Wall, Jr. The Godly Kingdom of Tudor England : Great Books of the English Reformation. 1981.
  6. John N. Wall, Jr. and Terry Bunce Bungin. “‘This Sermon . . . upon the Gun-Powder Day’: The Book of Homilies of 1547 and Donne’s Sermon in Commemoration of Guy Fawkes’ Day, 1622.” 1984.
  7. Ronald B. Bond. “‘Dark Deeds Darkly Answered’: Thomas Becon’s Homily against Whoredom and Adultery, Its Contexts, and Its Affiliations with Three Shakespearean Plays.” 1985.
  8. Ronald B. Bond. Certain Sermons or Homilies (1547) and a Homily against Disobedience and Wilful Rebellion (1570): A Critical Edition. 1987. Reviews by Dan G. Danner || Michael Finlayson || Alan Rudrum || John N. Wall
  9. Debora K. Shuger. Sacred Rhetoric: The Christian Grand Style in the English Renaissance. 1988.
  10. Susan Wabuda. “Bishops and the Provision of Homilies, 1520 to 1547.” 1994.
  11. Stephen Buick. “‘Little children, beware of images’: ‘Homily Against Peril of Idolatry’ and the quest for ‘Pure religion’ in the early Elizabethan Church.” 1997.
  12. Peter Toon. “The Articles and Homilies.” Chapter 2 in John E. Booty, Stephen Sykes and Jonathan Knight, eds. The Study of Anglicanism. 1998.
  13. Ashley Null. Thomas Cranmer’s Doctrine of Repentance: Renewing the Power to Love. 2001. Google Reviews by J. Andreas Löwe || Robert Peters || Adrian Streete || David Virtue || Dewey D. Wallace, Jr.
  14. Brian T. Hartley. Narratio reformationis: the Elizabethan homilies of 1563 and the problem of authority in the Ecclesia anglicana.” 2004.
  15. Brian T. Hartley. “The Liturgical Reordering of the Ecclesia Anglicana: Faithful Understanding in the Elizabethan Homilies of 1563.” 2007.
  16. Lionel Windsor. “Thomas Cranmer the Protestant reformer during the reign of King Henry VIII.” 2009.
  17. Ashley Null. “Official Tudor Homilies.” Chapter 17 in Peter McCullough, Hugh Adlington, and Emma Rhatigan, eds. The Oxford Handbook of the Early Modern Sermon. 2011.
  18. Steve Perisho. “The two Books of homilies (copy dated 1676).” 2013.
  19. Richard S. Briggs. “The Christian Hermeneutics of Cranmer’s Homilies.” 2017.


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