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The four decades of Tyndale’s life, from the early 1490s to the mid-1530s, overlapped one of the most notable periods of change in Western history, incuding: the ending of the Dark Ages, the beginnings of the Renaissance, the claiming of the New World, the Spanish Inquisition, and the beginnings of the Reformation.

At the time Tyndale might have felt detached from it all, living the lonely and unrooted life of a fugitive and exile. But in the long view he was actually integral to some of the most significant moments and movements ofthe early 16th century—great societal upheavals, the aftershocks of which are still being felt in our modern world.


William Tyndale

c. 1492–95 Tyndale is born

1508 A young teenager, he enters Magdalen College at Oxford

1512 Completes his B.A. at Oxford

1514–1515 Completes his M.A. at Oxford and is ordained, but refuses to enter monastic orders

1519 Moves to Cambridge for doctoral studies, then quits

1521–1523 Begins teaching at Little Sodbury, gets into disputes with priests

c. 1524 Seeks patronage of Bishop Tunstall and is rebuffed; then, assisted by Monmouth, he travels to Germany and registers at the University of Wittenburg

1525 In Cologne, he prepares to print an English New Testament; but he is discovered and escapes with only a few printed portions

1526 He completes the printing in Worms, and smuggled copies of his New Testaments are soon being circulated throughout England

1527 Bishop Tunstall orders the purchase and burning of all the testaments; but this serves only to finance Tyndale’s second edition

1527–1530 English agents seek to capture Tyndale on the Continent; he keeps moving, and writing

1530 His translation of the the first five books of the Old Testament appears in England

1531 He meets Henry’s ...

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