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Melvyn Bragg Platform, National Theatre
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Today at the National Melvyn Bragg, the broadcaster and author, looked at the radical impact of the King James Bible over the last 400 years in "The Book of Books", at the culmination of the National's series of readings to mark the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible.

I have been enjoying the series of King James Bible readings at the National but, more than the readings, I enjoyed this talk by Melvyn Bragg. He talked about the impact of the King James Bible in shaping English and British history and wider world history. He broke his glasses just before he came on and so he did the talk more or less without his notes. He spoke with passion and conviction, energy and enthusiasm, and intelligence and knowledge. Without a shadow of a doubt, it was one of the best talks that I have ever been to at the National. I loved it and I learnt shedloads. If you ever get a chance to hear Melvyn speak, do not let the opportunity pass you by!

You can buy the book from Amazon in hardback or paperback:

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"I'm interested in the Bible predominantly as a historical and political piece of writing rather than for its Christian message per se." Some Christian friends were astonished that I knew my way around the Bible and a lot of the stories when I had been an atheist all my life. But, to get all the references in English Literature and especially Shakespeare, you HAVE to know the Bible! I knew my way round because I have always had to go back to it when I am reading a lot of English Literature, especially from 18th and 19th centuries.

"The King James version is regarded as one of the most beautifully written works in the English language." That is precisely why it is the version I use as my preferred version of choice, even though All Souls uses the New International Version. The beauty and poetry of the language in the King James was really brought home to me by the recent Bible readings at the National Theatre.

And yes, I think you will like Melvyn Bragg's book. The Bible as a historical and political piece of writing was precisely what Melvyn Bragg was covering in his talk.

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