Commissioned in 1603 by the newly-crowned James I of England, this new version of the Bible took a group of 50 scholars over seven years to complete.
The result is widely regarded as a literary masterpiece and is the cornerstone on which our modern language was built. In fact, the influence of the King James Bible on the development of English is rivalled only by the works of William Shakespeare.
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|Frontispiece from the first edition of the King James Bible|