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The Battle for the Language of the Bible [electronic resource]

ITV Productions
Video; Computer Resource; Online Video; Online
In late-medieval England, English quietly ousted French in law and government- but the move to make it God's language meant bloodshed. This program looks at the battle for a Bible in English, a struggle with huge impact on the language itself. Dramatic readings from successive English Bibles show the language's evolution. Location footage and original manuscripts illustrate key figures and events, such as John Wycliffe, the Lollards, and the first English Bible; William Langland's Piers Plowman; Henry V's official correspondence; the role of the Chancery or English civil service; William Caxton's printing press; William Tyndale's translation; and the King James Bible.
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52 min.
11 & up
  • Encoded with permission for digital streaming by Films Media Group on Jan. 11, 2006.
  • Films on Demand is distributed by Films Media Group for Films for the Humanities & Sciences, Cambridge Educational, Meridian Education, and Shopware.
The Adventure of English: 500 A.D. to 2000 A.D.
Adventure of English--500 A.D. to 2000 A.D.
  • Catholic Church:Controls the Bible in England (2:35)
  • Inaccessible Bible (3:21)
  • Power of the Catholic Church (2:59)
  • John Wycliffe Advocates for the Translation of the Bible (5:32)
  • Catholic Church Bans Wycliffe's English Bible (4:27)
  • William Langland: "Personal Relationship" with God (2:28)
  • Catholic Church Condemns Wycliffe as a Heretic (1:20)
  • Henry V Moves England Forward (4:28)
  • Common Linguistic Standard for English (4:35)
  • Wukkuan Caxton's Printing Press (4:45)
  • William Tyndale Translates Hebrew Bible in English (3:27)
  • Tyndale Found Guilty of Heresy (4:33)
  • English as the Language of Power in the King James Bible (5:21)
New York, N.Y. : Films Media Group, [2006], c2003.
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  • 33208s Films Media Group
  • 33211 Films Media Group
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1 streaming video file (52 min.) : sd., col., digital.
Mode of access: Internet.
System requirements: FOD playback platform.
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