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The Tudor Society
  • #OTD in Tudor History – 20 January

    A portrait of Mary I and an engraving of Miles Coverdale

    On this day in Tudor history, 20th January, Mary I’s gentlemen pensioners mustered before the queen, Mary I’s fifth parliament opened, and Bible translator Miles Coverdale died after giving his best ever sermon…

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  • The Coverdale Bible

    On this day in history, 6th May 1541, Henry VIII issued an injunction ordering “the Byble of the largest and greatest volume, to be had in every churche”. The Bible referred to was “The Great Bible” or “Coverdale Bible”, the first authorised Bible in English. It had been prepared by Miles Coverdale and was based on William Tyndale’s New Testament and Pentateuch, and then Coverdale’s own translations of the other books of the Bible.

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