Historical Who is Who
1329 - 1384
John Wycliffe was an Oxford based proponent of ecclesiastical and political reform, especially in challenging traditional authority. He was directly involved in the translation of the Bible into English and advocating its wide dissemination to provide public access to it in their own language. He argued that the unjust behaviour on the part of any privileged office holder in church or state should disqualify them. This cause was spread by a group of itinerant preachers, subsequently known as Lollards. So heretical were his views judged to be that several decades after his death his body was disinterred and burnt.