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SECRETS OF THE DEAD: Battle For The Bible

Airs Wednesday, April 13, 2011 at 8 p.m. on KPBS TV

Above: Photo of a reenactment scene with William Tyndale in "Battle For The Bible." Tyndale translated the Bible while in exile.

Photo of a reenactment scene in "Battle For The Bible." The Renaissance produced an explosion in scholarship and research, as well as a new class of educated laypeople alongside the educated clerics of the Church.
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Above: Photo of a reenactment scene in "Battle For The Bible." The Renaissance produced an explosion in scholarship and research, as well as a new class of educated laypeople alongside the educated clerics of the Church.

Some of the most famous words ever written are found in the most widely read book in history: the Bible in English.

This film travels back in time to one of the most turbulent periods in history - the Reformation - to tell the extraordinary story of a group of men who set out on what they believed to be a divinely inspired mission: to bring the Scriptures to people in their own language for the first time.

It is the story of kings and popes, spies and secret missions, faith and flames. Using dramatic reconstruction and contemporary records, the program re-creates 300 years of religious turmoil and human drama - and reveals a historical thriller of faith, obsession, courage, narrow escapes, intrigue and betrayal.

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Above: "Secrets Of The Dead: Battle For The Bible" explores the gripping stories of faith, flames and martyrdom that led to the Bible's translation into English.

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