To mark the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, Nina Ramirez tells the story of three books that defined this radical religious revolution in England.
Tyndale’s New Testament, The Book Of Common Prayer and Foxe’s Book Of Martyrs are no longer commonly recognised titles. Yet, for over 400 years, these works formed the backbone of British life. Their words shaped the English language, fuelled religious division and sparked wars.
In this one off sixty minute programme, Nina discovers how the trio of texts had a powerful cumulative effect. Tyndale’s Bible made the word of God accessible to the common man for the first time, The Book Of Common Prayer established a protestant liturgy and Foxes Book Of Martyrs enshrined a hatred of Catholicism. Nina reveals how they formed the nation’s protestant identity, the impact of which can be seen even today.
Pictured are Dr Elizabeth Evenden-Kenyon, Daryl Green, Dr Janina Ramirez, in Magdalen College Oxford
Executive Producer: Mike Smith
Producer and Director: Anna Cox.
England’s Reformation: Three Books That Changed A Nation airs Thursday 19 October 2017 from 9.00pm-10.00pm on BBC FOUR.