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The Life and Opinions of John de Wycliffe, vol. 1
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The Life and Opinions of John de Wycliffe, vol. 1


Holdsworth and Ball 1831

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The introduction to these volumes consists of three chapters; the first, relating to the rise and character of the Papal System; the second, to the state of the Protestant Doctrine in Europe, from the fall of the empire to the opening of the fourteenth century; and the last, to the Ecclesiastical Establishment, and the state of society in England previous to the appearance of Wycliffe. Vaughan offers valuable observations on the state of the church during the interval between the death of Wycliffe and the appearance of Luther.

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Key Features

  • Gives information on the Protestant Doctrine from the end of the empire to the beginning of the fourteenth century
  • Contains a thorough and in depth introduction, setting the stage for the book
  • Offers interesting views on the church when it was in between the death of Wycliffe and the rise of Martin Luther

Praise for the Print Edition

Every student of Wycliffe’s period must build on Dr. Vaughan’s foundation. He remains the great authority upon the subject, and, as Professor Lechler says, his works must always take a foremost place as the basis of all accurate knowledge of Wycliffe.

The British Quarterly Review

A work of great learning, interest, and eloquence, and deserves to be read attentively by every student of modern history.

London Weekly Review

While it will be highly useful to the general reader, it will deserve the attention of the more erudite and curious student. It is much to the author’s praise, that he has devoted a very considerable portion of time and labor to the diligent and unceasing study of the Reformer’s writings in their original copies.


Mr. Vaughan could not easily have chosen a more important or more impressive subject; nor could he have set about his task in a more business-like and effective way.

The Eclectic Review

Product Details

  • Title: The Life and Opinions of John De Wycliffe, vol. 1
  • Author: Robert Vaughan
  • Publisher: Holdsworth and Ball
  • Publication Date: 1831
  • Pages: 438

About Robert Vaughan

Robert Vaughan (1795–1868) was chair of history at London University from 1834–1842, then served as president and professor of theology at Lancashire Independent College from 1843–1857. During his time at Lancashire, he founded The British Quarterly, which he edited for 20 years. He was a prolific writer and editor, and his works include Causes of the Corruption of Christianity, The History of England under the House of Stuart, Protestant Nonconformity in Its Relation to Learning and Piety, Essays on History, Philosophy, and Theology, and The Modern Pulpit Viewed in Its Relation to the State of Society.

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