FLAME OF FIRE by Jane Oliver


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This fictional biography of William Tyndale continues this author's able, and often appealing (Sing, Morning Star, The Lion and the , etc.) views of historical personages. Here is Tyndale, son of a yeoman farmer, whose love of book learning took him to Oxford where words of Erasmns sent him on to Cambridge to study Greek so that his life's purpose could be accomplished -- to translate the Bible into English so that it could be accessible to everyone. That this was a heretical act and that convicted heties were condemned to death did not hinder his studies and his efforts to achieve aims. Protection here, flight there, studying German so that he could go to Wittenburg and get Martin Luther's help. Tyndale obstinately kept on and when finally apprehended, after many escapes, suffered the degradation and the death to which his heresy had committed him. This, with its emphasis on religious emancipation, on theological dispute, on concepts of the church leaders and rebels, will be of greater appeal to with interests in this area but the whole picture of the ferment of the new larning in the 16th century, the university and priestly life, and the unspectacular, courageous and dedicated life of William Tyndale is definitely satisfying for the serious reader.

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 1961
Publisher: Putnam