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William Tyndale (sometimes spelled Tindall or Tyndall) (c. 1494 – 1536) was a 16th century Protestant reformer and scholar who translated the Bible into the Early Modern English of his day. Although a number of partial and complete Old English translations had been made from the 7th century onward, Tyndale’s was the first to take advantage of the new medium of print, which allowed for its wide distribution. In 1535 Tyndale was arrested, jailed in the castle of Vilvoorde outside Brussels, Belgium for more than a year, tried for heresy and treason and then strangled and burnt at the stake in the castle’s courtyard.
Much of Tyndale’s work eventually found its way into the King James Version
(or Authorised Version) of the Bible, published in 1611, which, though
nominally the work of 54 independent scholars, is based primarily on
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