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Preaching the Gospel

H. Leith Spencer

in English Preaching in the Late Middle Ages

Published in print December 1993 | ISBN: 9780198112037
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191670664 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198112037.003.0004
Preaching the Gospel

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This chapter discusses preaching of the gospel and the conflict between lay education and censorship. It describes the heretical preaching which the Church associates with John Wyclif. The Lollards or followers of Wyclif began circulating vernacular translations of the Bible which enabled those who are literate in English to read the Bible. Thomas Arundel, Archbishop of Canterbury, by means of his Provincial Constitutions, imposed restrictions on unlicensed preaching and circulation of vernacular scriptures.

Keywords: preaching; gospel; heretical preaching; John Wyclif; Lollards; Bible; Thomas Arundel; Provincial Constitutions; vernacular scripture

Chapter.  28121 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (Early and Medieval)

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