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The Lives of the Reformers (2 vols.)


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The Lives of the Reformers contains the biographical accounts of eight important figures from the Reformation era. Written by William Gilpin, these biographies were originally published separately toward the end of the eighteenth century, but in 1809, publishers T. Cadell and W. Davies combined these popular biographies in two packed volumes. The Lives of the Reformers contains biographies of:

  • John Wycliffe: English scholar, theologian, philosopher, preacher, Bible translator, and early Roman Catholic dissident
  • John Oldcastle: longtime friend of King Henry V who would eventually lead several Lollard rebellions against his former friend
  • John Huss: Czech priest, philosopher, and key predecessor to the Protestant movement of the sixteenth century
  • Jerome of Prague: follower of Wycliffe and Huss, Jerome of Prague incited public demonstrations wherever he espoused the ideas of his teachers
  • John de Trocznow: follower of John Huss nicknamed Zisca, or “one-eyed,” after losing an eye in battle; carried the mantle of Huss’ teachings after Huss was burned at the stake
  • Hugh Latimer: contemporary of Thomas Cranmer who was martyred for teaching his Protestant understanding of the gospel
  • Thomas Cranmer: Archbishop of Canterbury and compiler of the first Book of Common Prayer; oversaw the first doctrinal and liturgical structures of the reformed Church of England
  • Bernard Gilpin: Oxford theologian and champion of Protestant ideas who narrowly missed execution and became known as the “Apostle of the North” for his missionary work in northern England

This is the ultimate tool for gaining a deeper understanding of the foundations and beginnings of the Reformed Church. William Gilpin gives context and background into the lives, accomplishments, and contributions of these influential men. Perfect for scholars, students, pastors, and laypeople alike, the Logos edition of The Lives of the Reformers is fully searchable and easily accessible across multiple media platforms. Scripture passages link directly to your English translations and to the original language texts, and important theological concepts link to dictionaries, encyclopedias, and a wealth of resources in your digital library.

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  • Title: Lives of the Reformers
  • Author: William Gilpin
  • Publisher: T. Cadell and W. Davies
  • Volumes: 2
  • Pages: 921
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The Lives of the Reformers, vol. 1

  • Author: William Gilpin
  • Publisher: T. Cadell and W. Davies
  • Publication Date: 1809
  • Pages: 514

Sample Pages: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7

Volume one contains the biographies of:

  • John Wycliffe
  • John Oldcastle
  • John Huss
  • Jerome of Prague
  • Zisca (John de Trocznow)
  • Hugh Latimer

The Lives of the Reformers, vol. 2

  • Author: William Gilpin
  • Publisher: T. Cadell and W. Davies
  • Publication Date: 1809
  • Pages: 407

Sample Pages: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7

Volume two contains the biographies of:

  • Thomas Cranmer
  • Bernard Gilpin

William Gilpin (1724–1804) was an Anglican cleric, author, and artist best known for his idea of the picturesque, an aesthetic ideal defined by Gilpin in his art criticism works. These works often focused on “irregular” beauty—bent trees, crooked cottages, ruins, etc. He expanded this idea in numerous travelogues. He was also well known for his biographies, and much of the profits he received from his books he invested back into his parish for education and charity.


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