Tag Archives: Lollardy

The execution of John Oldcastle (1417)

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On this day in 1417, John Oldcastle was executed – by hanging in chains over a slow fire – at St Giles in the Fields for his role in the earlier so-called Lollard rebellion.  The Lollardy of the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries sought to restrict the secular wealth and power of the established church, and to return to apostolic poverty and mission,  and has been described as the “Morning Star of the Reformation” of the sixteenth.

The Execution of William Taylor (1423)

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On this day in 1423, the Lollard Priest William Taylor was burnt at the stake for heresy  in West Smithfield.

Lollardy was a movement that sought to restrict the secular wealth and power of the established church, and to return to apostolic poverty and mission).  It has been described as the “Morning Star of the Reformation”.