Philosophy and Politics in the Thought of John Wyclif

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Overview

John Wyclif was the fourteenth-century English thinker responsible for the first English Bible, and for the Lollard movement—persecuted widely for its attempts to reform the church through empowerment of the laity. This study argues that John Wyclif's political agenda was based on a coherent philosophical vision ultimately consistent with his earlier reformative ideas. Several of Wyclif's formal, Latin works proposed that the king should take control of all church property and power in the kingdom, a vision close to what Henry VIII was to realize 150 years later.

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Stephen E. Lahey is Assistant Professor of History, Le Moyne College, Syracuse, New York.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Abbreviations
1 The historiography of Wyclif's dominium thought 1
2 Why dominium? 24
3 Wyclif's realism and divine dominium 68
4 Proprietas in Wyclif's theory of dominium 108
5 Iurisdictio in civil dominium 147
6 On kingship 171
7 Conclusion 200
Bibliography 225
Index 233
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