The annual Company of Stationers and Newspaper Makers’ prize for 2002 has been awarded to Robert Walinski-Kiehl for his essay ‘Pamphlets, Propaganda and Witch-Hunting in Germany, c.1560-c.1630’. The judges noted the stiff competition and praised all the essays included in Reformation 6. Margaret Christian’s colloquium entitled ‘Spenser’s Theology: The Sacraments in the Faerie Queene’ Edmund Spenser’s representation of the sacraments was especially commended and it was agreed that it would have been another worthy winner. But the judges felt that Dr Walinski-Kiehl’s essay deserved the prize for its ‘originality and unusual approach’, its ‘thorough and careful analysis of the evidence’ and ‘lucid presentation and intelligent argument’. Our congratulations to Dr Walinksi- Kiehl, who was presented with his award at a lunch at the Stationers’ Company Hall.
We are pleased to announce the formation of the Society’s Publications Committee, and are especially delighted that Peter Clifford has agreed to chair the committee. Publication is at the heart of the Society’s work, and the committee will oversee all the publications supported by the Society, as well as endeavour to increase its work in this area. Further details of the Committee will appear in later issues of the Journal.
‘Devil’s Words: The Battle for an English Bible’
“Devil’s Words: The Battle for an English Bible_ is the title of a programme made for BBC television that describes the clash between William Tyndale and Thomas More, and the pivotal role that Tyndale’s Bible played in the turbulent relations between church and state. The programme is a docudrama - part factual and part drama. It includes a sequence filmed in the ‘Tyndale’s Testament’ exhibition at the Plantin-Moretus museum in Antwerp, with Guido Latré and Brian Moynahan. The dramatic sections of the programme have been written by Peter Ackroyd, and include an imaginary meeting between Thomas More (played by James Fox) and William Tyndale (played by Iain Glen). The Times reported the programme’s “intelligence and clarity_. Unfortunately, the broadcast date was moved several times by the BBC owing to current events and was finally shown on 19 March. We are investigating the possibility of hosting a showing of this programme for Society members.
St. Paul’s Cathedral
Members should have received a mailing about Professor David Daniell’s lecture ‘The Making of The Bible In English’ to be held on Friday 9 May 2003 at St. Paul’s Cathedral in London. His major new study for Yale University Press tells the story of the translations of the Bible into English in Britain and America. There is no charge for the lecture but tickets are required, so please return the form as indicated in the mailing. The lecture will be held in the OBE Chapel at 6.30pm, and members are also invited to attend Choral Evensong in the Cathedral at 5.00pm before the lecture. We are very grateful to the Dean and Chapter of the Cathedral for the opportunity to host this event in the cathedral.
We very much look forward to welcoming members and friends to Geneva, Switzerland, for the Third Tyndale Conference in Geneva, 24 - 26 October 2003. The title of the Conference is “Not for burning: The Marian Exiles in 16th Century Europe_ and further details of the programme appear elsewhere in the Journal. The Conference features a full programme of academic lectures as well as a wide range of social events.
Tyndale’s day will be celebrated in Gloucester Cathedral on 7 October 2003. This year Professor David Daniell will lecture on translating the bible, and full details can be found elsewhere in this issue of the Journal.
We are honoured to be invited once again to hold the annual Tyndale Lecture at Lambeth Palace. The date for your diary is 27 October 2003.
“The Adventure of English_
Members may have seen the series on UK television last year called “The Adventure of English_, presented by Melvyn Bragg, which included an excellent feature on William Tyndale. The series makers (LWT) have announced that a second series is due to be transmitted in the autumn of 2003, when a book, video and DVD are planned for release to cover both series.