Bishops' Bible love

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  • In the third edition of this Bible, published in 1572, the printer used ornamental initial letters for several books--but the letters originally had been used to print Ovid's Metamorphosis and other non-religious books, so they did not depict religious scenes. The worst offender was the graphically pictorial letter at the beginning of Hebrews: a vivid depiction of Zeus disguised as a swan and rather amorously courting Leda.

    February 21, 2011