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The English Works of Wyclif Hitherto…

The English Works of Wyclif Hitherto Unprinted

by John Wycliffe

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It doesn't have to be said that John Wyclif was instrumental in the early stages of the reformation. His English works seem to be the only ones currently available even though his most influential were the ones he composed in Latin. Jan Hus (the founder of the first true Protestant church) was heavily indebted to Wyclif, so much so that today we would probably consider him guilty of plagiarism; but it is doubtful that Wyclif would have seen it that way since both Hus and Wyclif always stated that they were just teaching the Gospel. It also seems that Wyclif and Hus were both indebted to Gratian's decretals to some extent.
Most of the writings contained here are Wyclif's (and maybe other Wyclifite writings mistakenly attributed to Wyclif) polemics against: indulgences, immorality of priests, abuses of the poor by clergy, instituting of non-Biblical dogmas, priests not being dedicated to poverty etc.
Excellent book and really a must for any library that features influential Christian works. It must be stated upfront that this book is in 14th century Old English. I did not know this when I purchased it. It takes a little while to read it fluently. There is a glossary and a marginal synopsis which makes it easily doable if one wants to take the time to do it, otherwise I would say that you may want to find a modern English translation because at first look 14th century English looks almost like a foreign language.
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