He has just released his second book of homilies
and sermons: Naked, and You Clothed Me (clearfaithpub lishing.
In a related but more particular case, John Ferns's review of a new edition of the Tudor Book of Homilies
shows that adherence to the wisdom of its founding documents might have spared a noble ecclesiastical institution much of its current disarray and embarrassment.
Arguing against those who detect the strong presence of the Genevan Bible, the Book of Homilies
, and the Book of Common Prayer, Beauregard, in both the individual chapters and in two appendices that list extensive evidence for his arguments, contends that Shakespeare had a Catholic mindset, was influenced by the Rheims translation of the New Testament, and dared to present onstage some of the very features of Catholicism that were most repugnant to Protestant reformers--for example, purgatory, the sacrament of penance, intercessory prayer, admirable friars and nuns, and the miraculous.
Some of the extraordinary and beautifully-preserved pieces on show include a book of homilies
belonging to Pope Gregory the Great, from the late 12th century, a prayer book belonging to Cardinal Wolsey, the cardinal to Henry VIII, dating between 1400 - 1420, and a book of hours signed by Elizabeth Plantagenet (Elizabeth of York).
Among the artefacts on display will be a book of Homilies
of Pope Gregory from 1170, St Thomas More's hat and gold crucifix, a vestment made for the opening of Henry VII's chapel in Westminster Abbey, Elizabeth Plantagenet's Books of Hours, Catherine of Aragon's chasuble, Cardinal Wolsey's Book of Hours and the relic of the Holy Thorn for which Sainte Chapelle in Paris was built.
Leominster Priory had plenty of room, but the modern Church of England is a little squeamish about displaying instruments of torture (and sexism) within its walls, despite favourable mention of the device in Thomas Cranmer's Book of Homilies
To reflect the uncomplicated nature of the moral issues at stake, he even quoted from the best-selling book of homilies
Everything I Know I Learned in Kindergarten.
When the first Book of Homilies
was banned under Queen Mary I, Harpsfield's "Of the Misery .
The Elizabethan Book of Homilies
is described as having reached its "final form only as part of a campaign of mind control in the wake of the Northern Rebellion of 1569-70" (150).