Royal Prayer: A Surprising History
by David Baldwin (9780826423030)

Royal Prayer: A Surprising History
David Baldwin
Release Date: 01 December 2009
Format: Hardback
Pages: 204
Category: History
ISBN: 9780826423030
ISBN-10: 0826423035

From Queen Hatshepsut of Ancient Egypt to Diana, Princess of Wales via George Washington and Napoleon Bonaparte, this book demonstrates that royal prayers can have immense consequence for the psyche of the nation as well as the individual. Royal prayer has kept pace with scientific and technological development, eg the Royal Christening of the latest nuclear-powered submarine in the Royal Navy. The blessing of ships has its origin in Ancient Greece, was practised by the Vikings and has developed through the 19th century feminisation of ships to the 21st century need to take account of the presence of other faiths, eg Muslim sailors in the Royal Navy. Royal prayer today encompasses the exploration of Earth and Space, the development of Nuclear Theology and the challenges presented by quantum physics, as well as prayer in time of personal or national distress. The author draws on prayers both for and of the Royal Family (and those directly associated with them in royal service) in the Archives of Her Majesty's Chapel Royal and much further afield in other national repositories and private collections, in this radical reappraisal of the place and significance of Royal Prayer.

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