We watched an excellent documentary during school this week:
Fires of Faithhttp://byutv.org/show/123d4a82-3d47-488e-beda-2496a5a1ff2c
It is a 3-part doc (one hour each part) on the Reformers (includes Wycliffe, Tyndale, Bilney, Luther). It is very well done, and covers the efforts of these individuals to bring to the common man a bible they can read for themselves. It spans the early 1300's to 1600's culminating in the KJV of the bible (so Catholic Church, Henry VIII, Church of England, protestant/catholic political power, puritans, etc), and gives a lot of depth to the political and religious environment of that time period.
It was nice to have watched this just before Thanksgiving as it really brought to life the environment that the puritans/pilgrims were escaping.
And I hate to say it, but I'd never heard of Tyndale or Bilney before. I have a new respect the reformers, and renewed testimony of God working through these men of integrity after watching this doc.
One of the other things I learned was that Britain was the last place to get a translation in their own language. It was illegal to read a bible in English there, yet the peoples on the continent were allowed to read their bibles in their own language. I find that very interesting in light of the restoration....perhaps one more barrier Satan was trying put up to delay/stop the restoration of the gospel?