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People/Characters: Miles Coverdale

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1603: The Death of Queen Elizabeth I, the Return of the Black Plague, the Rise of Shakespeare, Piracy, Witchcraft, and the Birth of the Stuart Era by Christopher Lee
All the Queen's Men by Peter Brimacombe
The Blithedale Romance by Nathaniel Hawthorne
Early Protestant spirituality by Scott H. Hendrix
Life in Elizabethan England by A. H. Dodd
Wide as the Waters: The Story of the English Bible and the Revolution It Inspired by Benson Bobrick

Character description

Miles Coverdale (1488-1568): English Bible translator. He laso served as Bishop of Exeter 1551-1553, but lost the post when Mary Tudor became queen. As a translator, his work was of very little value; he had no Hebrew and little if any Greek. Instead, he largely took over the earlier New Testament of Tyndale, and the portions of the Old that Tyndale had done, revising them slightly, and translating the rest of the Old Testament from the Latin and German. Historically, however, his translation is important. Tyndale's translation was never accepted, but Coverdale's 1535 edition, even though very close to Tyndale's, was dedicated to and accepted by Henry VIII; the texts in the Book of Common Prayer were largely derived from Coverdale.

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