John Wyclif: Myth and Reality
The name of John Wyclif is surrounded by mythology. According to G.R. Evans, he got both credit and blame for much more than he actually did or probably intended. The ideas associated with his name had a huge influence and...
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The name of John Wyclif is surrounded by mythology. According to G.R. Evans, he got both credit and blame for much more than he actually did or probably intended. The ideas associated with his name had a huge influence and their effects were felt in the sequence of events which eventually led to the Reformation.
This major new biography offers fresh insights into Wyclif the man, his preoccupations and his achievements.
The author follows Wyclif through his childhood and university days at Oxford to his life as a writer, preacher and lecturer, and - in his later years - a campaigner against the abuse of power and privilege. She looks at what other people have said about Wyclif, his exile in his parish and the significant contributions he made towards the publication of the Bible in English and the road to Reformation.
G.R. EVANS is Professor of Medieval Theology and Intellectual History in the University of Cambridge. Her books include works on Anselm, Augustine, Gregory the Great and Bernard of Clairvaux, as well as books on the study of the Bible in the Middle Ages. For Lion, she has also written Faith in the Medieval World.
"It is the great merit of this exceedingly well-balanced biography not only to cut through the thicket, but also to provide a carefully sifted portrait of this major figure. Wyclif may not have been all that later Protestants held him to be, but in Evans' judicious account we come closer to seeing him as he really was." - Mark A. Noll, McManis Professor of Christian Thought at Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois and author of The Rise of Evangelicalism (IVP, 2004)
This biography of the 14th century reformer and controversialist takes a fresh look at Wyclif's preoccupations and achievements, surveying the life of one of the most important figures in British religious history.
GR Evans is Emeritus Professor of Medieval Theology and Intellectual History in the University of Cambridge. She has an international reputation in the fields of medieval intellectual history and modern ecumenical theology, and has published extensively in these fields. Her books include Wyclif: Myth and Reality (Lion), The History of Christian Europe (Lion), The Good, the Bad and the Moral (Lion), Anselm and Talking about God (Oxford), Problems of Authority in the Reformation Debates (Cambridge University Press), and The Anselm Concordance (Kraus, 4 vols.).