John Wyclif: Myth & Reality

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InterVarsity Press, 2005 - Biography & Autobiography - 320 pages
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John Wyclif has alternatively been called hero and heretic, reformer and radical, guardian and gadfly. But the true tale of this most controversial of late-medieval Englishmen is far richer and more complex.In this first major biography of John Wyclif in nearly a century, G. R. Evans employs recent research to present a fresh, focused portrait of this pivotal historical figure. In doing so, she strips away the layers of legend that have obscured our view of the real Wyclif and places him within the features of his actual historical landscape.That landscape is the world of fourteenth-century Oxford, where Wyclif spent the majority of his life. Evans, one of today's leading historians of the era, vividly re-creates the scenery of this great medieval university town with clarity and detail, providing a comprehensive view of life and learning within its walls. It was here that Wyclif earned his reputation as one of the most learned and significant scholars of his day. And it was here that he developed his views regarding the Bible, the sacraments, ecclesiastical authority and political power--views that led to his eventual condemnation by the church.Informative, dramatic and compelling, this masterful biography of John Wyclif is required reading for all lovers of history--student and scholar alike.

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Going to Oxford
A degree in the liberal arts
John Wyclif Regent Master
A taste of parish life
At the Queens College
John Wyclif Doctor of Theology
Mixtim theologus Wyclif and the law
Calling Wyclif to account
Oxfords final condemnation
Wyclif in retreat
Distilling Wyclif
The legend and the reality
End notes
List of abbreviations
Select bibliography

Consultant to Court and Parliament
Wyclif becomes notorious

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G. R. Evans is Professor of Medieval Theology and Intellectual History at the University of Cambridge.

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