Today in the Middle Ages: October 6, 1536

William Tyndale, Bible translator and Protestant scholar, was executed for heresy on October 6, 1536. He was condemned to burn at the stake, but was mercifully strangled first and his body burned after death.

Tyndale, like later Protestants including the English Puritans, believed that Scripture was the ultimate authority to be consulted in determining God's intentions. He engaged in published religious debate with Sir Thomas More and was condemned to death by Cardinal Wolsey.

Tyndale's translation of the New Testament was consulted by the authors of the King James Version of the Bible.