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William Tyndale

1494 - 1536

William Tyndale desired the gospel to be freely available to all and when challenged for his preaching by a priest he famously replied, “If God spare my life, ere many years I shall cause a ploughboy to know more of scripture than thou dost.”

Tyndale believed that the scriptures should be available in the common tongue not locked up in Latin and concealed by the established church of the time. He was prepared to risk his life to that end and finally did indeed come to be martyred but not before he had translated much of the scriptures into the English language. This work that was completed by his student Miles Coverdale.

Tyndale’s translation of the bible not only underpins all of the reliable bible translations in use today it also shaped the English language as we know it and in his own day challenged the established beliefs and thinking of the nation.