Miles Coverdale Criticism - Essay

George Pearson (essay date 1846)

(Literary Criticism (1400-1800))

SOURCE: Pearson, George. “Biographical Notice of Bishop Coverdale.” In Remains of Myles Coverdale, Bishop of Exeter, edited by George Pearson, pp. vii-xxiii. 1846. Reprint, New York: Johnson Reprint Corporation, 1968.

[In the following essay, originally published in 1846, Pearson offers an overview of Coverdale's life and works, focusing on his involvement with the Reformation.]

The early history of eminent persons is often involved in much obscurity: and this observation is remarkably verified in the instance of the illustrious subject of this memoir. Bishop Myles Coverdale is supposed to have been born in the year of our Lord 1488, in the district of Coverdale in...

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Francis Fry (essay date 1867)

(Literary Criticism (1400-1800))

SOURCE: Fry, Francis. The Bible by Coverdale: MDXXXV, pp. 1-38. London: Willis & Sotheran, 1867.

[In the following excerpt, Fry examines Coverdale's 1535 translation of the Bible, using textual details in an attempt to resolve questions regarding the publication and revision history of the edition.]

The bible first printed in the English language is known as the Version by Myles Coverdale, because the “Epistle unto the Kynges hyghnesse.” bears his name at the conclusion of it, thus,—“youre graces humble subiecte and daylye oratour, Myles Couerdale.” … The laborious work of translating and printing the Bible was completed in...

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Brooke Foss Westcott (essay date 1868)

(Literary Criticism (1400-1800))

SOURCE: Westcott, Brooke Foss. “The Printed Bible: External History” and “The Internal History of the English Bible.” In A General View of the History of the English Bible, pp. 71-110, 212-220. London: Macmillan and Co., 1868.

[In the first excerpt which follows, Westcott considers the textual history of both the Coverdale Bible of 1535 and the Great Bible, analyzing the creation of the works and the garnering of official royal sanction. In the second excerpt, Westcott considers the bases and distinctive qualities of each of Coverdale's major Biblical translations.]


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Henry Guppy (essay date 1935)

(Literary Criticism (1400-1800))

SOURCE: Guppy, Henry. Miles Coverdale and the English Bible, 1488-1598, pp. 2-30. Manchester: The Manchester University Press, 1935.

[In following essay, Guppy provides a detailed discussion of Coverdale's life and his translations of the 1535 Bible and the Great Bible, focusing on the textual history of different versions and notable changes in the illustrations of different editions.]

Our English Bible in its printed form was born in exile.

England, which more than any other country was to be distinguished in after years for its zeal in printing and circulating the Scriptures, was late in entering the field. She was...

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Herbert Gordon May (essay date 1952)

(Literary Criticism (1400-1800))

SOURCE: May, Herbert Gordon. “The Genealogy of the King James Version.” In Our English Bible in the Making: The Word of Life in Living Language, pp. 31-43. Philadelphia: The Westminster Press, 1952.

[In the excerpt that follows, May discusses Coverdale's influence on the origins and development of the King James Bible.]


The later authorized versions of the Bible had their antecedents, as truly as does a person. No responsible translator of the Bible translates de novo, making a totally “original” translation, ignoring the suggestions and helps of earlier translations. This is even true...

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J. F. Mozley (essay date 1953)

(Literary Criticism (1400-1800))

SOURCE: Mozley, J. F. “The Making of the Coverdale Bible,” “The Coverdale Bible in England,” and “The Making of the Great Bible.” In Coverdale and His Bibles, pp. 65-76, 110-124, 201-220. London: Lutterworth Press, 1953.

[In the following essays, Mozley discusses the nature of Coverdale's Bibles, how they were translated, printed and published, how their content and textual history relate to the cultural climate of the time, and the differences found among his editions.]



The Coverdale bible is a small folio, printed in a...

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Celia Hughes (essay date 1982)

(Literary Criticism (1400-1800))

SOURCE: Hughes, Celia. “Coverdale's Alter Ego.” Bulletin of the John Rylands University Library of Manchester, 65, no. 1 (Autumn, 1982): 100-24.

[In the following essay, Hughes considers Coverdale's role as a religious reformer and in this context examines his lesser-known works of translation, as well as his original compositions.]

The name of Miles Coverdale is so closely associated with Bible translation that it is easy to overlook the other aspect of his life, that of the reformer. He played a not insignificant part in spreading the ideas of the Continental Reformers in England, and during his lifetime from 1488 to 1569 experienced eight decades of...

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Gerald Hammond (essay date 1982)

(Literary Criticism (1400-1800))

SOURCE: Hammond, Gerald. “The Two Bibles of Miles Coverdale.” In Making of the English Bible,, pp. 68-88. Manchester: Carcanet New Press, 1982.

[In following essay, Hammond discusses Coverdale's 1535 Bible and Great Bible, comparing them with each other and the Authorized Version of the Bible.]

But to saye the trueth before God, it was nether
my laboure ner desyre, to haue this worke put
in my hande: neuertheles it greued me that
other nacyons shulde be more plenteously
prouyded for with the scripture in theyr
mother tongue, then we: therefore whan I was
instantly requyred, though I coude not do so
well as I wolde, I thought it yet my dewtye

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Robin A. Leaver (essay date 1991)

(Literary Criticism (1400-1800))

SOURCE: Leaver, Robin A. “Early Beginnings of Hymnody in English.” In ‘Goostly psalmes and spirituall songes’: English and Dutch Metrical Poems from Coverdale to Utenhove, 1535-1566, pp. 62-86. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1991.

[In the following excerpt, Leaver examines Coverdale's collections of hymns, Goostly psalmes, the first book of hymns in English. Leaver considers how the hymns were received by his contemporaries and discusses Coverdale's intentions in composing them.]

Miles Coverdale (1488-1568) was one of the earliest Englishmen influenced by the writings of Martin Luther. With Robert Barnes, he was a leading member of the group of theologians...

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