One of the most significant thinkers and writers in late medieval England, John Wyclif continues to inspire vigorous debate. Probably the most infamous English heretic in history, Wyclif challenged some of the most deeply held doctrines of the medieval Christian church; yet he did so as a figure of the establishment, holding high office in Oxford University and occupying a significant role in high political circles. His posthumous reputation has been a battlefield between those, often representatives of Catholic orthodoxy, who imagine him as a dangerous rebel and opponent of tradition, and those, such as England's earliest Protestants, who construct him in diametrically opposed terms, as a courageous defender of truth against oppressive …

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Citation:
Coleman, David. "John Wyclif". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 02 October 2007
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  1. Religious Reform, Protestants, Dissenters