Melvyn Braggs speaks at St Albans Abbey

NEARLY 300 people turned out for a talk by author and broadcaster Melvyn Bragg at St Albans Abbey.

The event had to be moved from the Ladies Chapel to the Nave due to the huge demand for tickets for the event promoted and run by Waterstone’s in St Albans.

Lord Bragg spoke about the 400-year-old King James Bible which is the subject of his latest book The Book of Books.

He signed more than 100 copies of his book which is one of several works of non-fiction by the author and tells the story of the 300-year fight to get the Bible into the English language and the grisly deaths of many of the Oxford scholars involved in its translation.

It also looks at Henry VIII’s Reformation and James of Scotland’s determination for his version to become England’s Bible when he assumed the throne.