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  • n. The political and religious movement of the Lollards.


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From the popular derogatory nickname Lollard given to those without an academic background, educated if at all only in English. By the mid-15th century the term lollard had come to mean heretic in general.


  • GAIRDNER in particular has recently published a work entitled Lollardy and the Reformation (2 vols., 1908), which does fullest justice to the Catholic position.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 5: Diocese-Fathers of Mercy

  • A theological separation had been foreshadowed by various movements within the English church such as Lollardy, but the English Reformation gained political support when Henry VIII wanted an annulment of his marriage to Catherine of Aragon so he could marry Anne Boleyn.

    Anne Boleyn and America

  • It is to the credit of modern students of medieval history that the grave misrepresentations involved in this traditional Protestant view are now generally abandoned (see e.g. Gairdner, "Lollardy", I, 100-17; "Cambridge Hist. of Eng. Literature", II, 56-62).

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 5: Diocese-Fathers of Mercy

  • "Lollardy," as the profession of the new doctrines was called, became known to the ecclesiastical rulers long before the statute for burning heretics was passed in England; and his religious opinions exposed him to great troubles and hardships, even in the reign of Richard II.

    Henry of Monmouth, Volume 2 Memoirs of Henry the Fifth

  • What they did was on an unprecedented scale in England because heresy existed on an unprecedented scale "(Innes," England under the Tudors ", 232; and cf. Gairdner," Lollardy ", I,327).

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 9: Laprade-Mass Liturgy

  • Forty-four years after his death, his beliefs were at the center of England's home-grown heresy, Lollardy, and the folks in power responded by disinterring Wycliff and burning his body.

    Bridget Whearty: What Medieval Times Teach Us About Respecting the Dead

  • For Burch, Lollardy is inescapably political, but its political efficacy lies in its emphasis on spiritual liberty.

    On a slightly different literary note: Dick Delver

  • Archbishop Courtenay purged Oxford of Lollardy, thus separating the movement from the cultured classes.


  • Bent on the revival of the Church, he led a strong attack on Lollardy: Sir John Oldcastle (Lord Cobham), the leading Lollard, was excommunicated by Archbishop Arundel but escaped; a Lollard plot against the king's life was discovered; Henry attacked (1414) and captured a Lollard group, most of whom were hanged; anti-Lollard legislation allowed seizure of their books; Oldcastle, the last influential Lollard, executed (1417).


  • Wiclif, who had alienated his upper-class supporters by a denial of transubstantiation, was discredited by the Peasants 'Revolt and condemned by the Church; he withdrew to Lutterworth (1382–84), where he continued to foster Lollardy until he died (1384).



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    January 31, 2013

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