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Biblical Heritage Exhibit


King Henry VIII - Sculpture (table top size)

Henry VIII was the second Tudor monarch, succeeding his father, Henry VII.  He reigned from April 1509 until his death in January of 1547.

In 1526 Henry VIII, the Catholic Church, and the Church of England banned William Tyndale’s English New Testament. All copies, that could be found, were ordered to be gathered and burned at St. Paul's Cross in London. At Henry's behest, in 1536 William Tyndale was strangled and burned at the stake. His dying prayer echoed his heart's cry, "Lord, open the King of England's eyes. Just two years later Henry authorized the production of the Great Bible for the Church of England, which was largely Tyndale's own work

King Henry the VIII played a very significant role with the Reformation Bibles, and under the influence of Thomas Cromwell, granted license to a new, larger folio-size true text Bible. This Great Bible would be licensed to be read by the people in all the churches of England. This necessitated access be gained by the public, and to prevent theft, the Bibles were chained to the pulpits. Sometimes called the Cromwell Bible because of this impact on its production and his preface in the 1540 edition, this Bible would be the main English-Anglican Bible for nearly thirty years.

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