Prosecution of Lollards, 1414

This document bears witness to how the state and the church combined to restrict the freedom of religious ideas in the late Middle Ages. By preventing the translation of the Latin bible into English the church kept control of the mysteries of medieval religious practice. In an attempt to undermine this dominance, John Warwick and his fellows were prosecuted as felons and then handed over to the church for excommunication as heretics. State-backed religious intolerance became much more violent in England in the mid 16th century, after the Reformation.
Catalogue reference: KB 27/613, rex rot. 6 (1414)



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