The Earliest Advocates of the English Bible : The Texts of the Medieval Debate, Hardback Book

The Earliest Advocates of the English Bible : The Texts of the Medieval Debate Hardback

Edited by Mary Dove

Part of the Exeter Medieval Texts and Studies series

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One of the major debates in English cultural, literary and religious history concerned whether or not the Bible should be translated into English.

Underlying this was the question of whether people who were literate in English but not Latin should be able to read for themselves the book regarded as uniquely holy and authoritative.

This debate took place c. 1380-1410, during and immediately after the composition of the first English (`Wycliffite') Bible.

The Middle English texts edited in this book all argue on the same side of the debate, that is, that there should be a Bible in English, but they include arguments put forward on the other side, in order to refute them.

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