York Minster Library and Miles Coverdale bronze plaque in York
Miles Coverdale c.1488-1569. Bishop of Exeter and believed to be a native of York, he translated and published the first complete printed English Bible (1535) and revised the Great Bible of 1539 sponsored by Thomas Cromwell. He was a major figure of the English Reformation and the Authorised version of the Bible (1611) and the psalms in the Book of Common Prayer (1662) depend heavily on his work. Copies of his translations were long kept in this building which, from its erection c.1420 to 1810, housed York Minster Library.
Myles Coverdale (also spelt Miles Coverdale) (c. 1488 – 20 January 1569) was a 16th-century Bible translator who produced the first complete printed translation of the Bible into English. He served as Bishop of Exeter from 1551 to 1553.