The Family Bible makes a lot of the work of many of todays binderies. Repairs to these pieces of family history is important. But did you ever look to see where thay all come from?
It is 500 years since the famous exploits of Martin Luther when he nailed his 95 complaints to the door of the Cathedral, and started a real stir which spred across the world, and which resulted in him being excecuted. But primary in Martin Luthers concerns, was the idea that people should be able to read the Bible for themselves. Fast forward a little, and King James agrees. So he commissions the King James Bible. The King James Bible was appointed to be read in Churchs for the common people, not just the priests, and King James commissioned a panel of 54 of the formost experts to make the translation from the original languages into English. This was done as a direct result of the Reformation started by Martin Luther on October 31 1517, just 500 years ago. Interestingly, the King James Bible is attributed with effectively stabilized the English language. English became effectively King James English, even though he was a Scotsman.
Many Bibles were produced in parts and send to the subscribers in regular consignements. This was done to make it affordable for all. When the last piece was received the subscriber could order a premade cover and take it to their binder with all the parts , or have their own custom binding made. A lot of the bindings were shall we say agricultural. So the regular enquiry to binders to repair them.
The Church of the Holy Rood is in Sterling, just near Stirling Castle at the gateway between England and Scotland. Stirling was capital of Scotland, where he was crowned King in 1603, and where he later commissioned the bible translation. The Church of the Holy Rood , having the link with Luther being a protestant church, and the link with King James had a delightful display of materials about the Bible and is having guest speakers over the next few weeks to speak on the history of these matters. The display is very atractive and while we were there, the chairs placed to allow passersby to sit while reading the histories were constantly full. The Church also has its own history and is worth a visit, but the transitory exhibition was also excellent. Back to October meeting