Sam Leith

Books Podcast: Melvyn Bragg on William Tyndale

Books Podcast: Melvyn Bragg on William Tyndale
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In this week’s Books Podcast I’m talking to Melvyn Bragg about his fascinating book on William Tyndale — which makes a case for the greatness of this dissenting British preacher who lived his life in exile and met his end on a bonfire, but whose translation of the Bible into English laid the foundations for the King James Version and seeped everywhere into the language of Shakespeare. Melvyn talks about why Tyndale never quite got his due — and why Thomas More wasn’t nearly as nice a chap as posterity tends to think.

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