William Tyndale from England (1494-1536) was a Bible scholar, translator and revolutionary martyr. He is credited with translating the Bible into English, making it accessible to the English speaking common people for the first time. Tyndale studied at Oxford and Cambridge before becoming a tutor in the home of a wealthy family. He became deeply concerned about the corruption and ignorance he saw in the Church and was motivated to make the Bible available in the English language. Despite opposition from the Church and government, Tyndale completed his translation of the New Testament in 1526 and of the Pentateuch (the first five books of the Old Testament) in 1530. He was eventually arrested, tried for heresy, and executed in 1536 at age 42, but his translations continued to be widely circulated and also influenced later English versions of the Bible, including the King James Version. Tyndale is remembered as a martyr for the cause of biblical literacy and is regarded as one of the most important figures in the history of the English Bible.