In the Church of England Calendar of Saints, today (6 October) commemorates William Tyndale who made the first translation of the New Testament from Latin and Greek into English. This translation later became the basis of the King James Bible.
Three thousand copies of Tyndale’s New Testament, were printed in Worms, Germany in 1526 and the British Library has one of two complete copies that have survived.
In an era, when translations of the Bible into English were prohibited, Tyndale spent many years in hiding in Europe, and was eventually arrested and imprisoned in Vilvoorde Castle near Brussels. He was burned at the stake there in October 1536.
A statue of William Tyndale stands in Whitehall Gardens, part of the Thames Embankment, London.