John Wycliffe

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Released 1984

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Director:
Tony Tew
Released:
1984
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John Wycliffe (also known as "John Wycliffe: The Morning Star") is a 1984 historical drama from Gateway Films. It tells the story of John Wycliffe (Peter Howell), a 14th century English religious reformer. Wycliffe, a scholar at the university of Oxford, begins to find evidence in his studies of scripture that challenges the authority of the Catholic church, and is especially disturbed by the excess and lavish living of those high within pontiff's circle. He becomes a lay preacher, sharing his discoveries with the common people, with those who side with him becoming known as "Lollards." Finally, he becomes convinced of something that was considered an utmost heresy by the papal authorities - the Bible must be translated into English, so that the common people can read and understand it. To accomplish this, Wycliffe must hold a precarious balance in a fight where he is opposed by both political and theological forces.
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    Historical, Biography, Religion & Spirituality