Monday, 6 October 2014


1536: On October 6, William Tyndale, who translated the first English Bible, is executed for heresy in Vilvoorde, the Netherlands.

Saturday, 8 March 2014

Stop the presses!

TSJ43 is out--packed with fascinating and absorbing historical coverage, commentary and analysis of Tyndale and his contemporaries, featuring recent Reformation documentaries. If you have any questions, contact the editor Neil Inglis at

Friday, 7 March 2014

A feeling faith, thanks to Tyndale

Key quote: "Tyndale, convinced that English men and women needed to hear God's Word in their own language, published in 1526 the first English New Testament translated from the Greek text. Throughout the 10 years of ministry that followed, he often spoke of "feeling" -- a term he used in his earliest translation of Romans 5.

In this passage, the apostle Paul writes that we have peace with God because we are justified by faith. Moreover, by God's grace we have hope. In fact, faith gives us hope even amid tribulation. For this reason, we should rejoice in suffering. After all, Paul writes, suffering produces perseverance, which produces "feeling." At least, "feeling" is the term that Tyndale used to translate a Greek word, dokimen, rendered elsewhere as "experience," "character" or "proven character" (Romans 5:1-4)."

Monday, 27 January 2014

Gregory Cromwell and other Cromwell descendants

Key quote: "Thomas Cromwell, third and youngest son of Gregory Cromwell and Elizabeth Seymour, had not only the given name, but also the exhaustive work ethic and obviously high intellect of his magnificent grandfather. A Parliamentary member of the House of Commons for five consecutive terms from 1571 to 1589, Cromwell represented first Fowey in 1571, then Bodmin from 1572 to 1581, from there Preston in 1584, and finally Grampound from 1586 to 1588. The Fowey, Bodmin and Grampound appointments were secured almost assuredly through William Cecil, while the Preston appointment came through Ralph Sadler."

Servetus in Arizona

Key quote: "The story of Michael Servetus and the development of Unitarian Universalism will be told in a series of videos, “Long Strange Trip,” by Ron Cordes set to begin Sunday at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Mountain Home, 401 E. Ninth St.
When John Calvin burned Servetus at the stake in 1553, he ignited the flame that ultimately led to the rise of theology long suppressed by the Council of Nicea. The theology Servetus championed was the forerunner of the rise of Unitarianism.
Servetus also was a scholar and physician who first recognized the path of blood in pulmonary circulation. The story of Servetus and the survival of what was thought to be the last copy of his book is told in “Out of the Flames” by Lawrence and Nancy Goldstone."

Friday, 17 January 2014

William Tyndale mentioned in the NYT Review of Books!

By John Sutherland
Yale University, $25. 

Key quote: "The Bible chapter centers on William Tyndale, for example, imprisoned and executed for heresy, whose early translation of the New Testament, banned in England, would become the foundation for the King James Bible published in 1611: “It has been estimated that 80 percent of the King James Version is verbally unaltered from Tyndale’s translation of 80 years earlier.”

Sunday, 3 November 2013

New publishers for Reformation have special limited-time free-access offer!

From 15-29 November 2013 Maney Publishing is running ‘Free Access 14: Philosophy, Religion & Theology’ – free online access to all articles in all philosophy, religion and theology journals for 14 days. All those signed up to the Maney Philosophy, Religion & Theology mailing list will be given access to the content including special issues and archived volumes, as well as the latest 2013 research – that’s over 150 journal volumes, and thousands of articles! The 14 journals available in the offer include Reformation, Reformation & Renaissance Review and Medieval Mystical Theology amongst others. Anyone can register for free access to the journals, whether you’re a practitioner, researcher, clinician, librarian or student, and activation of the trial takes a matter of seconds! Sign up for access now:

Thursday, 17 October 2013

Light Such a Candle Remembering Ridley and Latimer.

Saturday, 12 October 2013

Cats and Heresy in Medieval Europe

Again off-topic, but of interest to those who study heresy and persecution.  It's worth remembering that Chaucer portrays a pampered and recognizably modern domestic pussycat.

Reading the Bard aloud, and in contemporary pronunciation

This is a trifle off-topic, but many Tyndalians are passionate Shakespearians. This story also ties in with the recent release of the British Library's recording of the Gospel according to Matthew (by WT).

Monday, 7 October 2013

WT -- we remember

On this date:
In 1536, English theologian and scholar William Tyndale, who was the first to translate the Bible into Early Modern English, was executed.

Read more here:

Monday, 30 September 2013

William Tyndale comes to Columbia Tennessee‘tyndale’-oct-3-maury-county-library.html

Tyndale biographer David Teems discusses his book on WT at the Maury County library (TN).  Key quote:

"It was an outlawed book, a text so dangerous “it could only be countered by the most vicious burnings, of books and men and women.” But what book could incite such violence and bloodshed?
The year is 1526. It is the age of Henry VIII and his tragic Anne Boleyn, of Martin Luther and Thomas More. The times are treacherous. The Catholic Church controls almost every aspect of English life, including access to the very Word of God. And the church will do anything to keep it that way.
Enter William Tyndale, the gifted, courageous “heretic” who dared translate the Word of God into English. He worked in secret, in exile, in peril, always on the move. Neither England nor the English language would ever be the same again.
With thoughtful clarity and a reverence that comes through on every page, David Teems shares a story of intrigue and atrocity, betrayal and perseverance.This is how the Reformation officially reached English shores — and what it cost the men who brought it there.
For more information about the program, contact Adam Southern at the Maury County Library at (931) 375-6508."

Sunday, 29 September 2013

Brave men coldly slain -- remembering the life and achievements of Michael Servetus

TSJ Editor Neil Langdon Inglis is featured in issue 20 of trailblazing literary magazine "The International Literary Quarterly" -- read Neil's profile of Tyndale's Spanish contemporary Michael Servetus!  Further details at the above link and at The life of Servetus is regularly discussed in ILQ, and a major paper on the subject of MS's birthplace and multiple names is planned for TSJ 43, scheduled for later this year.  Watch this space!

Calling all Tyndalians around the globe!

I, Neil Inglis, editor of the Tyndale Society Journal (TSJ), have great news to share -- the latest bumper edition of the Journal (TSJ42) is winging its away, hot off the presses, to all four corners of the globe. It's packed with news and comment of vital import to all those who revere the memory and achievements of this brave and truly remarkable man! Please contact me at if you have any queries. Best wishes, Neil.

Wednesday, 7 August 2013

The Most Dangerous Man in Tudor England

Melvyn Bragg's acclaimed documentary on Tyndale, now up on youtube.  Bragg goes overboard where Henry VIII is concerned; yet Bragg's proficiency at presentation, his ability to construct a cogent and compelling narrative, and his keen eye for visuals will bring the WT story to vast new audiences. Thumbs up!

William Tyndale appears in the Daily Telegraph.

WT mentioned in DT article.

Tyndale Bible -- original-pronunciation recording of Matthew's Gospel's-Bible%3A-Saint-Matthew's-Gospel-(audio-CD)

Read in the original pronunciation by David Crystal. Sound clip available on this page (may take a while to load). *This recording is now available from the British Library's site.*

Tyndale Society titans featured in Bible documentary on youtube!

Watch out for appearances by David Daniell, Diarmaid MacCulloch, and Guido Latre in this fascinating documentary entitled "Battle for the Bible." Liev Schreiber provides his usual professional narration.  Execution sequences are a bit more graphic than you might expect...

Thursday, 18 July 2013

Another Cromwell biography in the works

Hodder & Stoughton has commissioned a biography of Henry VIII's chief minister Thomas Cromwell, [to be] written by historian Tracy Borman.
Assistant editor Maddy Price acquired world rights to Thomas Cromwell,and a second book, from Julian Alexander at LAW, in her first deal for the publisher.
Borman is joint chief curator of Historic Royal Palaces and chief executive of the Heritage Education Trust, and has previously written books on subjects including royal mistress Henrietta Howard and the women of Elizabeth I's court. Thomas Cromwell will be published in hardback, trade paperback and e-book in autumn 2014. The second book, an as-yet-untitled title on the Tudor period, will be published in 2016.

Friday, 5 July 2013

Poyntz and Tyndale

"Thomas Poyntz had strenuously tried to get Tyndale released. He attempted to make a deal with the guards at Vilvoorde Castle and petitioned Henry VIII, but it was all in vain.
As a result of his efforts Thomas Poyntz was branded as a heretic and, although placed under house arrest in Antwerp, he managed to escape back to North Ockenden.
However, his life and business were in ruins. As a known heretic he was under surveillance by Henry’s spies. This, despite the fact that John Poyntz, his elder brother, was a member of the household of Queen Catherine of Aragon, and had been at “The Field of the Cloth of Gold” with Henry VIII.
Thomas Poyntz felt vindicated when, two years after the death of Tyndale, Henry VIII decreed that Miles Coverdale’s English Bible, based largely on Tyndale’s translation, must be used in every parish church.
But the damage was done and Poyntz’s fortunes did not improve. In 1547 his brother John died but his will left all his estate to his wife Anne. Only on her death would it pass to Thomas and his sons. The only immediate benefit Thomas gained was a length of black cloth for a gown and hood!
It was not until Anne’s death in 1558 that Thomas succeeded to the Manor of North Ockendon. By that time he was so poor that he could not afford to live there. He died in 1562 and is buried in St Dunstan’s in the West, in Fleet Street."

Sunday, 2 June 2013

Friday, 31 May 2013

The Thomas Cromwell reappraisal continues; see clip with renowned Tudor expert, Cranmer (and soon to be Cromwell) biographer Professor MacCulloch.  Key quote:

But Professor Diarmaid MacCulloch knows where he stands: for him Cromwell is a maligned giant, “a visionary who helped lay the foundations of the modern British state”, and MacCulloch lays his case out brilliantly in a thoughtful gem of a programme. 

Friday, 24 May 2013

Thomas Cromwell -- the reappraisal continues!

In this new documentary on Henry VIII's adviser, "Professor Diarmaid MacCulloch reveals another side to Cromwell. He argues that Cromwell was a principled and pioneering statesman, an idealist and a revolutionary, whose radical evangelism laid the foundations for the modern British state."

Thursday, 9 May 2013

Woodcut from 1525 Tyndale WT.