John Wyclif: Myth & Reality
IVP Academic, 2005 - 320 ページ
John Wyclif has alternatively been called hero and heretic, reformer and radical, guardian and gadfly. But the true tale of this most controversial of late-medieval Englishmen is far richer and more complex. In this first major biography of John Wyclif in nearly a century, G. R. Evans employs recent research to present a fresh, focused portrait of this pivotal historical figure. In doing so, she strips away the layers of legend that have obscured our view of the real Wyclif and places him within the features of his actual historical landscape. That landscape is the world of fourteenth-century Oxford, where Wyclif spent the majority of his life. Evans, one of today's leading historians of the era, vividly re-creates the scenery of this great medieval university town with clarity and detail, providing a comprehensive view of life and learning within its walls. It was here that Wyclif earned his reputation as one of the most learned and significant scholars of his day. And it was here that he developed his views regarding the Bible, the sacraments, ecclesiastical authority and political power--views that led to his eventual condemnation by the church. Informative, dramatic and compelling, this masterful biography of John Wyclif is required reading for all lovers of history--student and scholar alike.
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Look elsewhere for your first biography of Wyclifユーザー レビュー - Christianbook.com
I bought this book with high hopes. The quote by Alister McGrath on the front cover gave me confidence that this would be an enjoyable and informative read; I was mistaken. For the following reasons I recommend that you look elsewhere for a good biography of Wyclif: 1) This book is poorly organised. Instead of laying out a clear, step-by-step biography, this book comes across as a tangled web of ideas and events that the reader must unravel. The general pattern of the book follows Wyclif's life chronologically, but there are so many tangents and references to later or previous events that one is left feeling quite lost. 2) There is barely any biographical examination of Wyclif's life and actions. Admittedly, the information about the events of his life is relatively scarce. However the author focuses so heavily on his thought life that little attention is paid to the biographical aspect of this book. 3) The book assumes that the reader will already have a certain level of familiarity with church history and historical figures. Names such as Jerome, Bernard of Clairvaux, Anselm, Abelard, and so on, are referenced in an off-hand way; without a background knowledge of these individuals the significance of the references will be lost on the reader. The author makes a number of provocative and interesting points, so perhaps this would be a good second or third biography to read about Wyclif - but it definitely shouldn't be your first.
The book needs less detailed background material.ユーザー レビュー - Christianbook.com
Although the book provides detailed and accurate background material, it could have been condensed. As it is, it takes a long time of reading before getting into the actual biographical facts of Wyclif's life. It perhaps could be less academic. On the plus side, it does provide a balanced and more accurate portrayal of John Wyclif.