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Notes and Reflections on Books and Media

by Hannah Leitheiser

Reading the Bible

The Story of Books

Gertrude Burford Rawlings



'For instance, in 1415 the penalty in this country [England, I'd guess] for reading the Scriptures in the vernacular was forfeiture of land, cattle, body, life, and goods by the offenders and their heirs for ever, and that they should be condemned for heretics to God, enemies to the Crown, and most errant traitors to the land. They were refused right of sanctuary, and if they persisted in the offence or relapsed after a pardon were first to be hanged for treason against the King and then burned for heresy against God.' - The Story of Books, Gertrude Burford Rawlings


Obviously, they will need to release a separate Catholic version of this song.