John Wycliffe and Lollardy: Background information when reading Revelations

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Revelations

by Mary Sharratt

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John Wycliffe and Lollardy

This article relates to Revelations

Portrait of John Wycliffe In Mary Sharratt's historical novel Revelations, the protagonist is tried for heresy when suspected of preaching the tenets of Lollardy, a medieval religious movement that deviated from the Roman Catholic Church's approved doctrine.

At the beginning of the 16th century, Roman Catholicism was the dominant religion in Europe, led by a church hierarchy with the Pope at its head. A schism known as the Protestant Reformation began in 1517, resulting in congregations breaking from the established church and rejecting the Pope's authority. Protestantism didn't arise in a vacuum, however, and some of the beliefs espoused by the reformers were first proposed more than a century earlier by English theologian John Wycliffe (c. 1328-1384).

A lecturer at Oxford University, Wycliffe believed in the primary importance of the Bible, and consequently claimed the scriptures should be published in the vernacular (English) so that people could interpret the text for themselves. This was a ...

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