John Wyclif - eBook
John Wyclif - eBook  -     By: G.R. Evans
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Format: DRM Free ePub
Vendor: Lion Hudson
Publication Date: 2007
ISBN: 9780745957654
ISBN-13: 9780745957654

Publisher's Description

This major biography offers fresh insights into Wyclif the man, his preoccupations and his achievements. The author follows Wyclif through his childhood and university days at Oxford to his life as a writer, preacher and lecturer, and - in his later years - a campaigner against the abuse of power and privilege. She looks at what other people have said about Wyclif, his exile in his parish and the significant contributions he made towards the publication of the Bible in English and the road to Reformation.

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  1. Toronto, Ontario, Canada
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: male
    1 Stars Out Of 5
    Look elsewhere for your first biography of Wyclif
    July 12, 2013
    Graham Hynds
    Toronto, Ontario, Canada
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 1
    I bought this book with high hopes. The quote by Alister McGrath on the front cover gave me confidence that this would be an enjoyable and informative read; I was mistaken. For the following reasons I recommend that you look elsewhere for a good biography of Wyclif:

    1) This book is poorly organised. Instead of laying out a clear, step-by-step biography, this book comes across as a tangled web of ideas and events that the reader must unravel. The general pattern of the book follows Wyclif's life chronologically, but there are so many tangents and references to later or previous events that one is left feeling quite lost.

    2) There is barely any biographical examination of Wyclif's life and actions. Admittedly, the information about the events of his life is relatively scarce. However the author focuses so heavily on his thought life that little attention is paid to the biographical aspect of this book.

    3) The book assumes that the reader will already have a certain level of familiarity with church history and historical figures. Names such as Jerome, Bernard of Clairvaux, Anselm, Abelard, and so on, are referenced in an off-hand way; without a background knowledge of these individuals the significance of the references will be lost on the reader.

    The author makes a number of provocative and interesting points, so perhaps this would be a good second or third biography to read about Wyclif - but it definitely shouldn't be your first.
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