Wycliffe in Worms

Statue of John Wycliffe at the Reformation Monument in Worms.

John Wycliffe

Movement Reformation Happens
Born Yorkshire, 1330
Died Lutterworth, 1384
Significance Wycliffe was an English theologian who taught at Oxford University. He is sometimes referred to as the "Morning Star of the Reformation" because of his critiques of the Catholic Church. He believed that the Scripture should be the source of authority for Christians and encouraged the translation of the Latin Vulgate into English. He was strongly anti-sacramental and condemned transubstantiation. His bones were exhumed and burned according to papal command in 1428.
Works An Account of the Life and Persecutions of John Wickliffe
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FOX'S BOOK OF MARTYRS
CHAPTER VII
An Account of the Life and Persecutions of John Wickliffe

It will not be inappropriate to devote a few pages of this work to a brief detail of the lives of some of those men who first stepped forward, regardless of the bigoted power which opposed all reformation, to stem the time of papal corruption, and to seal the pure doctrines of the Gospel with their blood.

Among these, Great Britain has the honor of taking the lead, and first maintaining that freedom in religious controversy which astonished Europe, and demonstrated that political and religious liberty are equally the growth of that favored island. Among the earliest of these eminent persons was
John Wickliffe

This celebrated reformer, denominated the "Morning Star of the Reformation," was born about the year 1324, in the reign of Edward II. Of his extraction we have no certain account. His parents designing him for the Church, sent him to Queen's College, Oxford, about that period...

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