Philosophy and Politics in the Thought of John Wyclif (Cambridge Studies in Medieval Life and Thought: Fourth Series)

Philosophy and Politics in the Thought of John Wyclif (Cambridge Studies in Medieval Life and Thought: Fourth Series)

by StephenE.Lahey (Author)

Synopsis

John Wyclif was the fourteenth-century English thinker responsible for the first English Bible, and for the Lollard movement which was persecuted widely for its attempts to reform the Church through empowerment of the laity. Wyclif had also been an Oxford philosopher, and was in the service of John of Gaunt, the powerful duke of Lancaster. In several of Wyclif's formal, Latin works he proposed that the king ought to take control of all Church property and power in the kingdom - a vision close to what Henry VIII was to realize 150 years later. This book argues that Wyclif's political programme was based on a coherent philosophical vision ultimately consistent with his other reformative ideas, identifying a consistency between his realist metaphysics and his political and ecclesiological theory.

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Format: Hardcover
Pages: 252
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Published: 13 Mar 2003

ISBN 10: 052163346X
ISBN 13: 9780521633468