Lollards in the English Reformation

History, radicalism, and John Foxe

By Susan Royal

Lollards in the English Reformation


  • Hardcover

Book Information

  • Format: eBook
  • ISBN: 978-1-5261-2882-9
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £96.00 (incl. VAT)
  • Published Date: January 2020
  • BIC Category: Religion, History, Early Modern History, History of religion, European history: Reformation, England, RELIGION / Christianity / History, HISTORY / Europe / Great Britain / Tudor & Elizabethan Era (1485-1603), Humanities / History of religion, Humanities / Early modern history: c 1450/1500 to c 1700
  • Series: Politics, Culture and Society in Early Modern Britain


This book examines the afterlife of the lollard movement, demonstrating how it was shaped and used by evangelicals and seventeenth-century Protestants. It focuses on the work of John Foxe, whose influential Acts and Monuments (1563) reoriented the lollards from heretics and traitors to martyrs and model subjects, portraying them as Protestants' ideological forebears. It is a scholarly mainstay that Foxe edited radical lollard views to bring them in line with a mainstream monarchical church. But this book offers a strong corrective to the argument, revealing that the subversive material present in Foxe's text allowed seventeenth-century religious radicals to appropriate the lollards as historical validation of their own theological and political positions. The book argues that the same lollards who were used to strengthen the English church in the sixteenth century would play a role in its fragmentation in the seventeenth.


1 Lollards, evangelicals and historians
2 The Christian commonwealth
3 The lollard legacy of persecution
4 Sacraments
5 Priesthood and tithing
6 Preaching and conventicles


Susan Royal is Lecturer in Reformation Studies in the Department of Theology and Religion at Durham University

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