Book of Fire: William Tyndale, Thomas More and the Bloody Birth of the English Bible
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About "Book of Fire: William Tyndale, Thomas More and the Bloody Birth of the English Bible"
The great echoing phrases of the King James Bible that have boomed through the English-speaking mind for 400 years ? an eye for an eye . . . eat, drink and be merry . . . . death, where is thy sting? . . . man shall not live by bread alone ? are largely the work of a man whose genius for words matches Shakespeare. But William Tyndale, the young Gloucestershire tutor who wrote them, paid for them with his life. He was persecuted, exiled and eventually burned at the stake. Book of Fire is the thrilling, moving story of the man who first translated the word of God into the English vernacular. Tyndale did so in defiance of church and state, hunted by the implacable enmity and the agents of the sainted Thomas More. He was finally betrayed, but by then his courage and poetic instinct had provided the backbone of the single most significant work in the English language. The Tudor heretic had changed the literary, religious and political landscape for ever.
Meet the Author
BRIAN MOYNAHAN graduated with honors from Cambridge University and embarked on a career as an author and journalist. He served on the staff of "The Yorkshire Post," "Town" Magazine, and "The Times" (London). Since 1989, he has concentrated on writing histories while continuing to write for British and American newspapers. His previous books include "Airport International," "Fool's Paradise," "Claws of the Bear," "Comrades," "The Russian Century," and "A Biography of Rasputin."