He’s been called “The Morning Star of the Reformation.” Before there was Luther, Calvin, or Knox, there was John Wycliffe. But how did this obscure son of a peasant help save his country’s independence without sword or bloodshed? What led him to pursue the radical–and illegal– idea of translating the Bible into English?
This book reveals Wycliffe’s battles with worldly Popes and a corrupt church, woven together with fascinating backstory that brings context to the ideas that were at stake. Wylie’s masterful history of Wycliffe pulls back the curtain on the man who laid the groundwork for the Protestant Reformation and whose legacy speaks to us today. As John Foxe wrote: “Though they [dug] up his body, burnt his bones, and drowned his ashes, yet the Word of God and the truth of his doctrine, with the fruit and success thereof, they could not burn; which yet to this day…doth remain.”
Wycliffe’s impassioned call to return to the Scriptures is a plea we must hear today if Christianity is to carry the light to future generations.