The Kings Bible
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The translation had a marked influence on English literary style and was generally accepted as the standard English Bible from the midth to the early 20th century. The reign of Queen Elizabeth I — succeeded in imposing a high degree of uniformity upon the Church of England. Protestantism was reinstated as the official religion of England after the short reign of Mary I —58 , who had attempted to restore Roman Catholicism in the country. Never authorized by the crown, it was particularly popular among Puritans but not among many more-conservative clergymen. Given the perceived need for a new authorized translation, James was quick to appreciate the broader value of the proposal and at once made the project his own. By June 30, , James had approved a list of 54 revisers, although extant records show that 47 scholars actually participated.
Noted for its "majesty of style", the King James Version has been described as one of the most important books in English culture and a driving force in the shaping of the English-speaking world. In January , King James convened the Hampton Court Conference , where a new English version was conceived in response to the problems of the earlier translations perceived by the Puritans ,  a faction of the Church of England. James gave the translators instructions intended to ensure that the new version would conform to the ecclesiology —and reflect the episcopal structure—of the Church of England and its belief in an ordained clergy. In the Book of Common Prayer , the text of the Authorized Version replaced the text of the Great Bible for Epistle and Gospel readings but not for the Psalter, which substantially retained Coverdale's Great Bible version , and as such was authorized by Act of Parliament. By the first half of the 18th century, the Authorized Version had become effectively unchallenged as the English translation used in Anglican and English Protestant churches, except for the Psalms and some short passages in the Book of Common Prayer of the Church of England. Over the course of the 18th century, the Authorized Version supplanted the Latin Vulgate as the standard version of scripture for English-speaking scholars. With the development of stereotype printing at the beginning of the 19th century, this version of the Bible became the most widely printed book in history, almost all such printings presenting the standard text of extensively re-edited by Benjamin Blayney at Oxford , and nearly always omitting the books of the Apocrypha. Today the unqualified title "King James Version" usually indicates this Oxford standard text.