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A Companion to the Reformation World by R. Po-chia Hsia

By R. Po-chia Hsia

This quantity brings jointly 29 new essays by means of top foreign students, to supply an inclusive evaluation of contemporary paintings in Reformation heritage.

  • Presents Catholic Renewal as a continuum of the Protestant Reformation.
  • Examines Reformation in japanese and Western Europe, Asia and the Americas.
  • Takes a huge, inclusive method – overlaying either conventional issues and state of the art components of dialogue.

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Heymann, F. , George of Bohemia, King of Heretics. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1965. , The Premature Reformation: Wycliffite Texts and Lollard History. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1988. , Selections from English Wycliffite Writings. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1978. Hudson, A. , English Wycliffite Sermons, 5 vols. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1983–96. , A History of the Hussite Revolution. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1967. , Medieval Heresy: Popular Movements from the Gregorian Reform to the Reformation, 2nd ed.

Before the Reformation, unless there was some alternative religious establishment set up (as in Bohemia), “heretics” normally attended the services of the Catholic Church in their parishes. In the primitive years of English Lollardy, it was possible in some regions to hear a Lollard priest preaching within the parish church itself. However, after ca. 1450 one could only attend a Catholic church service. Church attendance may have served chiefly to allay the suspicions of the majority. Some Lollards apparently claimed sickness to excuse those occasions when they did not attend.

In theory they disapproved of them all. All the movements studied in this chapter held that some, most, or all of the Catholic priesthood were contaminated by sin: above all by their abandonment of apostolic poverty, their acceptance of worldly authority, their simoniacal and materialistic practices. To receive the sacraments from such priests ought to have troubled consciences. Heretics might have tried to seek out those priests who were better or less sinful than most (as the Patarenes of Milan allegedly did in the late eleventh century).

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