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.
Splendid woodcut from the 1525 New Testament.

Friday, 12 April 2013

The Tyndale Bible, and later Bible translations A blogpost that addresses the sensitive subject of which Bible to use!

This blogspot TEEMS with good news about William Tyndale! Key quote: "What an experience we had with David Teems and his insights into the real man behind the name William Tyndale! Everyone who filled the Common Place gained a new and genuine appreciation for the wordsmith that gave us the Bible in English-and such beautiful and memorable English that it is rivaled only by William Shakespeare," says Gaither. "Not only is David Teems a deep well of scholarship and careful research, he is also an articulate inspirer who can make his historical subjects come alive for today's Bible readers."

Sunday, 10 March 2013

New conference on Lollardy!

Money quote: "Discussions of religious controversy in late-medieval England have increasingly adopted a continental scope. We have begun to see how communication networks, both licit and illicit, connected England with sometimes unexpected parts of Europe; how the Wycliffites influenced, and were influenced by, continental writings; how English religious affairs drew the attention of continental observers; and how debate over Wyclif’s doctrines featured prominently at the 15th- century general councils. Seen from an even broader perspective, late-medieval English religious politics was both integrated with and stood in tense relation to that of continental Europe (as had long been the case). In other words, England was never as insular as some have thought it to be. This conference aims to explore intersections—the points at which Wycliffism and English religious controversy meet with broader social, cultural, historical, literary, and material issues of European significance. One purpose of this gathering is to examine the place of L/lollard studies in terms of wider concerns in Europe, though not all papers are expected to address L/lollardy or Wycliffism directly. This meeting will also provide a forum for re-examining the mission of the Lollard Society, its current emphases and future directions."

Tuesday, 5 March 2013

Update on TSJ No.42

"Attention all Tyndalians --TSJ42 is in the works! Packed with fascinating papers unraveling the mysteries of Tyndale's early life in England, together with a major announcement regarding the CUAP William Tyndale project! Watch this space for further details." Neil Inglis

Monday, 4 March 2013

Teems on Tyndale...

'Tyndale' author David Teems interviewed in Nashville for The Christian Post...

"In England in 1526, the year Tyndale did the first testament, it was against the law to own an English bible or have any of the bible on your possession. In fact, in the town of Coventry in 1519 a family of six was put to death because the parents taught their children the Lord's Prayer in English. That's how severe the times were."

"One of the things that attracted me to Tyndale was I'm a Shakespeare geek. One of the first things I saw when researching Tyndale was a statement that circulates among scholars "without Tyndale, no Shakespeare." ... Tyndale set a sound in motion. The King James translators used the existing English bible; they took the best lines by meaning and lyrical weight and put those words together. Nearly 94 percent of the King James New Testament is the translation of William Tyndale. Most often word for word. The King James Bible is literally Tyndale's bible. 

Stephen Greenblatt, a Harvard professor said our sense of eloquence and splendor in the English language is largely due to William Tyndale. Scholars today will tell you the English you and I speak is Tyndalian, that Tyndale's bible liberated the English language. We as English speaking believers owe Tyndale a debt.