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A man of his words: how William Tyndale shaped our world

Tyndale’s radical take on the structure of Christianity prodded into life a debate on democracy that changed our nation forever

By Melvyn Bragg   January 2018

Foxe's Book of Martyrs shows Tyndale being throttled and burned in Antwerp.

It is said that Erasmus of Rotterdam laid the eggs that Martin Luther hatched. You could also say that Luther sowed the seeds for the crop that William Tyndale harvested.

Tyndale’s English translation of the New Testament is one of the most important books ever written. The accident of history that made English the language of two great empires—the British and American—has meant it is his Bible that has carried Luther’s message around the world. His New Testament…

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