The Antichrist and the Lollards: Apocalypticism in Late Medieval and Reformation England

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Brill, 1998 - Architecture - 229 pages
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This study examines expectations of imminent judgment that energized reform movements in Late Medieval and Reformation Europe. It probes the apocalyptic vision of the Lollards, followers of the Oxford professor John Wycliff (1384). The Lollards repudiated the medieval church and established conventicles despite officially sanctioned prosecution. While exploring the full spectrum of late medieval apocalypticism, this work focuses on the diverse range of Wycliffite literature, political and religious treatises, sermons, biblical commentaries, including trial records, to reveal a dynamic strain of apocalyptic discourse. It shows that sixteenth-century English apocalypticism was fed by vibrant, indigenous Wycliffite well springs. The rhetoric of Lollard apocalypticism is analyzed and its effect on carriers and audiences is investigated, illuminating the rise of evil in church and society as perceived by the Lollards and their radical reform program.

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The Established Apocalyptic
Chapter Five The Dissemination of Lollard Apocalypticism
Looking in from the Outside

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Curtis V. Bostick, Ph.D.(1993) in Late Medieval and Reformation Studies, University of Arizona is Assistant Professor of European History at Southern Utah University.

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