Building the Bible

The 1500s: The Protestant Reformation

What did Cromwell do to get word out about the Great Bible?

Cromwell encouraged King Henry VIII to issue an injunction stating that a copy of the Great Bible be placed in every single church in England. Parishioners were free to look at it and read it. For the first time in the history of England, the Bible could be read from the pulpits in the English language instead of Latin. In 1543 an act of Parliament rescinded this movement by restricting the reading of the English Bible to the upper class.


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