This leads us to another important date—March 20th,when the first such burning occurred on British soil, when one William Sawtrey was burned at the stake in the city of Smithfield.
His ideas stress the perniciousness of the temporal rule of the clergy and its incompatibility with the teachings of Christ and the apostles, and make note of the tendencies that were evident in the measures of the "Good Parliament" — To accomplish this, the help of the State was necessary; but the commons rejected the bill.
It spread from the south French university of Montpellier, a great law school, which trained most of the anti-clerical courtiers and ministers of Philip IV. From him one could learn in truth what the Church of Christ is and how it should be ruled and led.
Indeed, Arundel was to emerge as the scourge of the Lollards only later in his reign.
William Frederick YeamesWyclif Giving " The Poor Priests " His Translation of the Bible In his name appears second, after a bishop, on a commission which the English Government sent to Bruges to discuss with the representatives of Gregory XI a number of points in dispute between the king and the pope.
He was at Oxford in aboutwhen a series of illustrious names was adding glory to the fame of the university--such as those of Roger Bacon, Robert Grosseteste, Thomas Bradwardine, William of Occam, and Richard Fitzralph.
It was forbidden from that time to hold these opinions or to advance them in sermons or in academic discussions. Wycliffe was not merely conscious of the distinction between theology and philosophy, but his sense of reality led him to pass by scholastic questions.
This called for the royal divestment of all church property. Wycliffe and the Pope The books and tracts of Wycliffe's last six years include continual attacks upon the papacy and the entire hierarchy of his times.
These books carry a sharp polemic, hardly surprising when it is recalled that his opponents charged Wycliffe with blasphemy and scandal, pride and heresy. On Nov.