Book of Fire: William Tyndale, Thomas More and the Bloody by Brian Moynahan

By Brian Moynahan

The nice echoing words of the King James Bible that experience boomed throughout the English-speaking brain for four hundred years – an eye fixed for a watch . . . consume, drink and be merry . . . . demise, the place is thy sting? . . . guy shall no longer dwell by means of bread on my own – are mostly the paintings of a guy whose genius for phrases fits Shakespeare. yet William Tyndale, the younger Gloucestershire educate who wrote them, paid for them along with his existence. He used to be persecuted, exiled and finally burned on the stake.

Book of fireplace is the exciting, relocating tale of the guy who first translated the observe of God into the English vernacular. Tyndale did so in defiance of church and nation, hunted by way of the implacable enmity and the brokers of the sainted Thomas extra. He was once ultimately betrayed, yet through then his braveness and poetic intuition had supplied the spine of the one most important paintings within the English language. The Tudor heretic had replaced the literary, spiritual and political panorama for ever.

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These were carefully scraped into a barrow. When the last particles of dust were swept clean from the patch of scorched earth, the barrow was tipped into the waters of the Swift. Only then was the bishop sure that he had fulfilled the papal instructions, to rid the world of all physical trace of the heretic. Any relic might otherwise be gathered up by the dead man’s supporters and placed in a shrine to perpetuate his accursed memory. Fleming did his work well enough; he earned his altar-tomb in Lincoln Cathedral, where his bones lie undisturbed, and his renown as the founder of Lincoln College at Oxford.

Brian Moynahan graduated with a double first in history from Cambridge, where he was a foundation scholar of Corpus Christi College. He was for many years a foreign correspondent with the Sunday Times, and was latterly the paper’s European editor. He is the author of several books, including The Faith, a History of Christianity. His most recent book, Jungle Soldier, the biography of Freddy Spencer Chapman, was a Sunday Times bestseller. Praise for Book of Fire ‘His research is exact and his prose elegant’ Peter Ackroyd, The Times ‘Brian Moynahan’s biography of this difficult, aggressive, unworldly and monomaniacal man is a triumph … Authoritative, vital, passionate, closely attentive to the sources and superbly able to recreate the mentality of a violent and agonised time’ Adam Nicolson, Evening Standard.

00. Before retiring to bed, they chanted the Salve Regina or some such antiphon to the Virgin together. The atmosphere was one of family, as well as church; to this day, colleges refer to themselves as ‘domus’, or ‘house’, as in ‘house and home’. Tyndale’s schooling gave him a thorough grounding in Latin. Boys learnt to speak and write elementary Latin in the early forms. Classes then progressed from Aesop and Terence in the third form to Horace’s epistles and Ovid’s Metamorphoses in the seventh, by way of Virgil, Cicero’s letters and Caesar’s history.

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