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Forgotten Reformer: Myles Coverdale and the First Forty Years of the English Reformation (Main)

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Myles Coverdale (1488–1569) is the little-known first translator of the complete Bible into English after the invention of the printing press. As a forerunner to the Puritans’ non-conformity, Coverdale was forced to flee England. He lived in exile three separate times for his translation work and Reformed convictions. G. F. Main now presents the rarely told tale of this forgotten Reformer in a riveting new biography.



1          The Forgotten Reformer?

2          England before the Reformation

3          The Dawn of the Reformation

4          First Exile

5          Working for Thomas Cromwell

6          Second Exile

7          Strengthening the Reformation

8          Bishop of Exeter

9          A Narrow Escape from Burning

10        Third Exile

11        Last Years

12        An Evaluation


Appendix 1: Comparison of Bible Versions

Appendix 2: Joan Waste and Anne Askew

Appendix 3: Coverdale’s Most Important Literary Works

Appendix 4: Coverdale’s Letter Anticipating Martyrdom



“An excellent history of a greatly used and highly respected servant of the Lord. Highly recommended.”—Bible League Quarterly

“We warmly recommend this book to our readers.”—The Free Presbyterian Magazine

“Successfully setting forth the life and achievements of Myles Coverdale. . . . Warmly recommended.”—The Gospel Magazine

“We heartily recommend this inspiring book.”—British Church Newspaper

“An excellent volume.”—Peace and Truth Magazine

“Warmly recommended as a record of the life and achievements of Myles Coverdale.” —Protestant Truth Magazine

“Very accessible for readers unfamiliar with Reformation history.” The English Churchman

About the Author

G. F. Main holds a degree from Oxford University and served forty-three years as a teacher and head teacher. His research interests lie in the Protestant Reformation.