Lollardy and the Reformation in England: An Historical Survey - Vol. 3

Lollardy and the Reformation in England: An Historical Survey - Vol. 3

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Lollardy and the Reformation in England: An Historical Survey - Vol. 3

Lollardy and the Reformation in England: An Historical Survey - Vol. 3

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In continuing this Work on Lollardy and the Reformation I feel that its scope and object now deserve fuller explanation, first of all--though there are other reasons--because we seldom hear historians speak of Lollardy after Henry VIII.'s time. And they are right in not using a term which was no longer much used by contemporaries; for, as I have shown already, it was unbecoming to talk of Lollards, or Lollardy, when the spirit of Lollardy had grown so influential and so useful to those in power. A new name had been invented for what was essentially an old thing. "The New Learning," indeed, was a name that even its votaries did not at first accept quite readily; but they soon acquiesced in the use . . .

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