WYCLIF
Political Ideas and Practice

Papers by MICHAEL WILKS
Selected by ANNE HUDSON
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Wilks’ research into Wyclif and fourteenth-century England was very much rooted in Wyclif’s own prolific writings, a perspective that differed from the more traditional Reformation viewpoint. The papers trace Wyclif’s early history in northern England and Oxford and ask why the established and favoured civil servant turned against Edward III and Richard II and died a traitor and heretic. Wilks’ detailed analysis of Wyclif’s Latin texts presents Wyclif's demands for reform and his determined campaign against the church and the religious orders. Even in exile he continued his fight with attacks on both the Schism popes. The essays all reflect the great learning and energy of Wilks’ scholarship.