William Tyndale was a brilliant scholar and a gifted linguist. Observing the corruption of the Latin Bible and the confusion of the Roman Catholic Church teachings, Tyndale began to study the doctrines of the reformers. He was so moved by Luther's work of translating the Bible into German, he committed his life to do the same in English.
Tyndale's translation was the first to take advantage of the new medium of the printing press, allowing for wide distribution. The first completed copies of the English New Testament began appearing in England in 1526, and were immediately banned by Henry VIII, the Catholic Church, and the Church of England. Bishop Tunstall ordered all copies that could be found to be gathered and burned at St. Paul's Cross in London, an act that would become a regular occurrence, leading to the destruction of the majority of Tyndale's New Testaments. Many of the copies that survived this time were literally read to pieces.
there are only 3 surviving copies of the original 3000 or more printed in 1526 by Peter Schoeffer in the German city of Worms.