I just knew this last Sunday in my church. William Tyndale is virtually unknown to most people, even to the Christians. But he was the one to first translate the bible into English against the will of the Catholic Church leaders.
William Tyndale, a priest of the Catholic Church was determined to share the words of the Bible to the common people. During his time only the priests and nuns were allowed to read the Holy Scriptures, it was crime for an ordinary citizen, even a king and the penalty for defying the law was death.
William Tyndale was a great influence to many including William Shakespeare.
View the short video:And watch the 60 minute documentary about the history of the English Bible:
William Tyndale fan site: www.WilliamTyndale.com.