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God’s Secretaries: The Making of the King James Bible, by Adam Nicolson

I found this book, published simultaneously as God’s Secretaries in the United States and as Power and Glory in Great Britain, hard to put down. It brilliantly captures the spirit of an age that’s often thought of as a hiatus between the Elizabethan era and the Civil War. It reminds us of Jacobean England’s unique history, and how the story of the King James Bible is inseparable from that history. The book’s power owes much to the author’s romantic belief that literary genius is a product of incongruity, whether psychological or social. In stressing the stark contradictions of the age…

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