Posts Tagged ‘John Wycliffe’




5/19/1382  A synod meeting of Blackfriars, London, to condemn John Wycliffe (c. 1320-1384) and his followers was shaken by an earthquake.  The terrified clergymen fled.  This “Earthquake Synod” (as it was nicknamed) was led by Archbishop Courtenay and condemned as heretical twenty-four theses from the writings of Wycliffe.

Wycliffe later said that God sent the earthquake “because the friars had put heresy upon Christ.  The earth trembled as it did when Christ was damned to bodily death.”

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On this date, 11/5/1414 the Council of Constance brought to trial two Bohemian reformers. One was John Huss (or Jan Hus) was burned at the stake 7/6/1415.  The other was Jerome of Prague (killed 5/30/1416).   This council also anathematized the teachings of the English reformer John Wycliffe.

Hus’ teachings had a strong influence on Europe and influenced none other than the great Martin Luther himself.

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The “Council of Constance” on this date, 11/5/1414, brought to trial two Bohemian men vitally interested in reforming religion as it then stood.  Evidently the “Council of Constance” was not interested in reform. 


They condemned John Huss (aka Jan Hus), a former dean of philosophical faculty and the author of On SimonyOn the Church.   This council also condemned his friend Jerome of Prague.  They even went so far as to anathematized the teachings of the great English thinker/minister, John Wycliffe. 


Huss was burned at stake the next year (1415) and they killed Jerome of Prague the year after that (1416).  Their “sins”?  What was called “heresy,” in reality outspoken appeals for church reform and (at least in Huss’ case) for seeking religious rights for the common people.

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