Words translated: English

William Tyndale (d. 1536), translator
The Newe Testament
Antwerp: Merten de Keyser, 1534

The act of translating the Bible placed you in the front line of the religious battles of the sixteenth century. In 1524, William Tyndale was forced to leave England in order to produce his pioneering English translation. His first attempt to print a New Testament foundered when the printing house in Cologne was raided. This revised edition of 1534 was to prove highly influential: a copy was owned by Anne Boleyn, and 83 per cent of the famous King James or Authorised version of 1611 comes directly from Tyndale. He was arrested in Antwerp in 1535, tried for heresy, and executed in 1536. This copy comes from the remarkable collection of Bibles formed by Arthur Young (1852ā€“1936) which he gave to the Library between 1933 and 1936.

This book has been digitised in full and can be viewed by clicking ‘Open Digital Library’ below. It is also included in Words that changed the world, an iPad app with commentary by Professor Eamon Duffy, which can be downloaded from this link.
Young.152, ff. 461vā€“462r

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