The Premature Reformation: Wycliffite Texts and Lollard History

Hardcover | September 1, 1995

byAnne Hudson

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Lollardy, the movement deriving from the ideas of John Wyclif at the end of the fourteenth century, was the only heresy that affected medieval England. The history of the movement has been written hitherto largely from accounts and documents put together by its enemies which, as well as beinghostile, distort and simplify the views, methods, and developments of Lollardy. This new study represents the most complete account yet of the movement that anticipated many of the ideas and demands of the sixteenth- and seventeenth-century reformers and puritans. For the first time, it brings together the evidence concerning Lollardy from all sources: texts composed orassembled by its adherents, episcopal records, chronicles, and tracts written against Wyclif and his followers by polemicists. In the light of all this evidence a more coherent picture can be drawn of the movement; the reasoning that lay behind radical opinions put forward by Wyclif's disciples canbe discerned, and the concern shown by the ecclesiastical authorities can be seen to have been justified.

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Lollardy, the movement deriving from the ideas of John Wyclif at the end of the fourteenth century, was the only heresy that affected medieval England. The history of the movement has been written hitherto largely from accounts and documents put together by its enemies which, as well as beinghostile, distort and simplify the views, me...

Anne Hudson is Ad Hominem Professor of Medieval English, and Fellow and Tutor at Lady Margaret Hall, University of Oxford.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:560 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 1.54 inPublished:September 1, 1995Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0198227620

ISBN - 13:9780198227625

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'outstanding study ... Professor Hudson gently rebukes those who despaired of finding new and more revealing evidence, and then proceeds to demonstrate how much can be gleaned from the sources that are available.'Katherine Walsh, University of Salzburg, EHR July 90