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Good Friday – the Easter story Anne Boleyn would have read

| March 30, 2018

Good Friday – the Easter story Anne Boleyn would have read

As I explained in yesterday’s article on Maundy Thursday, Anne Boleyn owned a copy of William Tyndale’s 1526 English translation of the New Testament. She kept a copy of it open in her apartments and encouraged her ladies to read it. On Good Friday, I am sure that Anne would have sat and read the […]

William Tyndale’s The Obedience of a Christian Man and how it got into Henry VIII’s hands

| October 2, 2017

William Tyndale’s The Obedience of a Christian Man and how it got into Henry VIII’s hands

On 2nd October 1528 English reformer and Bible translator William Tyndale published his most influential book, The Obedience of the Christian Man and How Christian Rulers Ought to Govern. This book features in a story about Anne Boleyn, which is told by both George Wyatt, grandson of Thomas Wyatt the Poet, and the 17th century […]

Easter Sunday – He is risen from death

| April 16, 2017

Easter Sunday – He is risen from death

Today is Easter Sunday and Christians around the world will be celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ. In Tudor times, an Easter sepulchre had been prepared on Good Friday. This sepulchre represented the sealed tomb Christ had been laid to rest in following his crucifixion. It consisted of a stone or wooden niche filled with […]

2 October 1528 – The Obedience of the Christian Man by William Tyndale

| October 2, 2016

2 October 1528 – The Obedience of the Christian Man by William Tyndale

On this day in history, 2nd October 1528, English reformer and Bible translator William Tyndale published his book The Obedience of the Christian Man and How Christian Rulers Ought to Govern. In his book, Tyndale wrote that rulers were accountable to God, not the Pope. As I have written before, Anne Boleyn owned a copy […]

6 October 1536 – William Tyndale’s Execution

| October 6, 2014

6 October 1536 – William Tyndale’s Execution

The 6th October 1536 is the traditional date given for the execution of reformer, scholar and Bible translator, William Tyndale. Tyndale, whose works include The Obedience of a Christian Man (a book Anne Boleyn shared with Henry VIII), had incurred the wrath of Henry VIII after the publication of his The Practyse of Prelates” in […]

2 October 1528 – This book is for me and all kings to read

| October 2, 2014

2 October 1528 – This book is for me and all kings to read

On 2nd October 1528 The Obedience of the Christian Man and How Christian Rulers Ought to Govern was published by English Reformer and Bible translator William Tyndale. Amongst other things, Tyndale’s book said that rulers were accountable to God and not the Pope. Anne Boleyn owned a copy of this book, as well as Tyndale’s […]

6th October 1536 – The End of William Tyndale

| October 6, 2013

6th October 1536 – The End of William Tyndale

On 6th October 1536, or somewhere around that date, English reformer, scholar and Bible translator, William Tyndale, “was tied to the stake, and then strangled first by the hangman, and afterwards consumed with fire in the town of Filford [Vilvoorde]”, around eighteen miles from Antwerp. The strangling was botched and Tyndale was alive when he […]

Anne Boleyn, William Tyndale and Henry VIII

| October 2, 2013

Anne Boleyn, William Tyndale and Henry VIII

The 2nd October 1528 saw the publication of English reformer and Bible translator William Tyndale’s “The Obedience of the Christian Man” (full title: “The Obedience of a Christen man, and how Christen rulers ought to govern, wherein also (if thou mark diligently) thou shalt find eyes to perceive the crafty convience of all jugglers”) in […]