The Wycliffite Heresy: Authority and the Interpretation of Texts

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Cambridge University Press, 4 okt. 2001 - 296 pagina's
Kantik Ghosh argues that one of the main reasons for Lollardy's sensational resonance for its times, and for its immediate posterity, was its exposure of fundamental problems in late medieval academic engagement with the Bible, its authority and its polemical uses. Examining Latin and English sources, Ghosh shows how the same debates over biblical hermeneutics and associated methodologies were from the 1380s onwards conducted both within and outside the traditional university framework, and how by eliding boundaries between Latinate biblical speculation and vernacular religiosity Lollardy changed the cultural and political positioning of both. Covering a wide range of texts - scholastic and extramural, in Latin and in English, written over half a century from Wyclif to Thomas Netter - Ghosh concludes that by the first decades of the fifteenth century Lollardy had partly won the day. Whatever its fate as a religious movement, it had successfully changed the intellectual landscape of England.
 

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Introduction
1
1 John Wyclif and the truth of sacred scripture
22
2 William Woodfords antiWycliffite hermeneutics
67
3 Vernacular translations of the Bible and authority
86
thinking in alternatives?
112
5 Nicholas Love and the Lollards
147
hermeneutic confrŤres?
174
Lollardy and latemedieval intellectuality
209
Notes
217
Bibliography
263
Index of names and titles
291
General index
294
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Kantik Ghosh is DARBY Fellow and Tutor in English Literature at Lincoln College, University of Oxford. He has contributed articles to Poetica, New Medieval Literatures, and the Scottish Literary Journal. This is his first book.

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