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    Prosthesis and reformation: the Black Rubric and the reinvention of kneeling

    Davis, Isabel (2016) Prosthesis and reformation: the Black Rubric and the reinvention of kneeling. Textual Practice 30 (7), pp. 1209-1231. ISSN 0950-236X.

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    This essay considers the Black Rubric, a last minute clarification on kneeling at the sacrament of communion, inserted into the second edition of the Book of Common Prayer in 1552. The Black Rubric is considered in this article as a textual prosthesis, in the terms laid out by David Wills in his book, Prosthesis. This essay uses Wills’ thesis to emphasise the material format of the Black Rubric as a textual object more than has been the case in prior scholarship. However, at the same time, this article uses the example of the Black Rubric to modify and add intricacy to Wills’ account of the Reformation as a process of prostheticisation, breaking up and renovating arrangements inherited from the medieval past. In particular the Black Rubric forces a qualification of Wills’ conclusion about the degree to which print technologies created a distance between text and the human body and foregrounds, more than Wills does, the process of authorising Protestantism as a religion of the state.


    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis, available online at the link above.
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): David Wills, Prosthesis, Black Rubric, Book of Common Prayer, kneeling, Protestant Reformation, John Knox, Thomas Cranmer
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Creative Arts, Culture and Communication
    Depositing User: Administrator
    Date Deposited: 01 Feb 2017 17:58
    Last Modified: 09 Aug 2023 12:37


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