John Wycliffe – Morning Star of the Reformation

Anonymous, Life and Times of John Wycliffe. The Morning Star of the Reformation, 2nd ednThis is a short anonymous biography of John Wycliffe which has five nice pen and ink illustrations. My thanks to Book Aid for making this public domain title available for digitisation.

Anonymous, Life and Times of John Wycliffe. The Morning Star of the Reformation, 2nd edn. London: The Religious Tract Society, 1884. Hbk. pp.160. [Click to visit the download page]


  • Preface
  • Preface to Second Edition
  1. Christianity in England from its Introduction to the Fourteenth Century
  2. Wycliffe’s Immediate Predecessors
  3. Wycliffe’s Early History
  4. Wycliffe’s Offical Life at Oxford
  5. Wycliffe’s First Conflict with the Papacy
  6. Wycliffe as Commissioner at Bruges
  7. Wycliffe’s further Conflicts with the Papel Power
  8. Wycliffe charged with Heresy and Insurrection
  9. Wycliffe denounces the Medicant Friars
  10. Wycliffe and his Party suffer continued Persecution
  11. Wycliffe’s Last Years and Death
  12. Wycliffe and the Preaching of the Gospel
  13. Wycliffe and the English Bible
  14. Wycliffe as a Christia, Theologian, and Reformer
  15. Extent and Permanency of Wycliffe’s influence
  • Notes on Wycliffe’s Writings

Preface to Second Edition

Year by year it is better understood that John of Wycliffe was not only one of the greatest men in English history, but the true precursor of the English Reformation. The truths to which he was the intrepid witness never wholly passed from the minds of our countrymen; and amid the bitter persecutions which seemed to crush Lollardry out of existence there remained an amount of secret but imperishable conviction which prepared the way for the great events of the sixteenth century.

The materials for a biography of Wycliffe are but scanty. His writings are in no sense autobiographical. For many important particulars respecting his life and work we are indebted mainly to his enemies. John Foxe, however, the martyrologist, has preserved some important particulars, and the later biographers of Wycliffe, the Rev. John Lewis (r7I9), with Drs. Vaughan and Lechler in our own times…

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