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Chaucer and Loll . . . Wycliffism

Two recent essays on Chaucer’s possible use of the Wycliffite Bible. Amanda Holton, in “Which Bible did Chaucer Use?: The Biblical Tragedies in the Monk’s Tale”, argues that Chaucer did not, at least for the Monk’s Tale, in part because current accepted dates for the completion of the Bible and the Tale mean that it […]

Recent work in Philosophy and Theology

With several notable exceptions, Wyclif’s thought has usually been studied to define, interpret, or distinguish it from the work of his contemporaries or heretical followers. While this remains a frequent goal, studies over about the past half-decade indicate that scholars are attending to his philosophy apart from his heretical or proto-heretical doctrines on (for instance) […]

Lollard Fiction

I can’t resist creating an entry on this. In the process of compiling bibliography on Wyclif and his followers I’ve come across many fictional treatments of Wyclif and Wycliffites. I’ve now listed those I know of on their own page on this site. You can find them in hard copies on eBay and Amazon and […]

Lollardy and Gender

Collectively these studies represent several very new angles of research, especially on Walter Brut and medieval sexuality, which make our understanding of medieval views of women and medieval sexuality much more complex: at times, perhaps, repression was greater than we might imagine (as per Somerset, Lochrie, and Hornbeck, below), while in some arenas women were […]

New Books on John Wyclif

Over the past five years no fewer than five new full-length books and two collections of essays have been published on John Wyclif himself, not his followers. (I keep having to revise this post after finding more!) Note that I have not seen all of these volumes (yet), so some comments here are from dust […]

On Indulgences

According to a recent story in The New York Times, the Catholic church has brought back the practice of giving out indulgences. Indulgences remit some or all of the penance required by sin (they do not give forgiveness for the guilt of sin itself, which can only be accomplished though confession and absolution). Indulgences, or […]