On display in Canterbury Cathedral is a copy of the first Bible to be published in the English language. This Bible, printed in 1535, was the work of Miles Coverdale, but based largely on a translation done by William Tyndale.
These great heroes of the Reformation, Coverdale and Tyndale, risked their lives and lived abroad to produce a Bible in the English language. Tyndale died a martyrs death in 1536, but Coverdale went on to become Bishop of Exeter when the political climate changed under Edward VI.
Tyndale was largely responsible for developing the literary English which we can still understand when reading Coverdale’s Bible, even though it was printed more than 450 years ago.