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William Tyndale is thought to have spent most of the later 1520s in the southern Low Countries, especially Antwerp. There he was close to printing houses and his anonymous patrons; inconspicuous and relatively safe in a large town accustomed to foreigners. But Fox has him taking ship for Hamburg in late 1528 and staying there for the better part of a year. Tyndale would have had any number of reasons to do this. The controversy over Richard Harman was at its height; Hackett eventually accused him of harbouring the outlaw. The developments at Hamburg are fairly indicative of Lutheranism’s reception in the north. Even in Lübeck popular support for change was building, not least because of a new proliferation of controversial literature. Lübeck printers Hans Arndes and Johann Balhorn were busy in 1527–28 issuing some of Luther’s letters as well as Erasmus’s Gesprächsbüchlein and Hyperaspistes, works that were not pro-Lutheran.

Keywords: Antwerp; foreigners; Lutheranism’s reception; southern Low Countries; William Tyndale



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