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PRELIMINARY VIEW OF THE PAPAL SYSTEM, AND OF THE STATE OF THE PROTESTANT DOCTRINE IN EUROPE, TO THE

COMMENCEMENT OF THE FOURTEENTH CENTURY.

BY

ROBERT VAUGHAN.

VOL. II.

LONDON:

B. J. HOLDS WORTH,

18, ST. PAUL'S CHURCH-YARD.

HATCHARD AND SON,

PICCADILLY.

LONDON:

PRINIED BY S. HOLDSWORTH, 13, PATERNUSTER ROW.

CONTENTS.

THE LIFE OF WYCLIFFE.

CHAPTER I.

PAGE.

Origin and effects of the Papal Schism—Wycliffe's tract“On the Schism

of the Popes,” and other references to that event-His work on “ The Truth and Meaning of Scripture”-His sickness at Oxford, and recovery--Importance attached by him to Preaching-His laborious attention to it-Reasons of his particular reverence for that exercise - History of Preaching–Character of Wycliffe's manuscript discourses—Extracts-illustrating his manner of exposing the errors and disorders of the ecclesiastical system and of inculcating the suffi. ciency of Scripture, the right of private judgment, the doctrines peculiar to the Gospel, and the various obligations, and the means conducing, to religious devotedness

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CHAPTER II.

History of attempts toward a translation of the Scriptures into the lan

guage of this country before the age of Wycliffe-By the Anglo-Saxon Clergy-By the Anglo-Norman-Wycliffe's purpose as embracing a translation of the whole volume, and its general circulation, strictly a novelty-This affirmed by Knighton-Some circumstances favorable to this enterprise-Extracts exhibiting the Reformer's manner of defending this effort-The insurrection of the Commons- A Narrative of its Causes and Character-Similar Convulsions in other States at the same period

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