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1386 Death of the fiend!

John Capgrave writing his histories in the mid 15th century had little time for John Wyclif. Here he deals with Wyclif's death and the casual way in which it is recorded jars. It is as if it is only of consequence only as a warning to those who would follow, Capgreave is giving him the devil's part in a morality play. It is interesting to ponder the fatc that this account shows how completely Adam had succeeded in damping down the embers of sedition and prevented them from bursting out into the full flame of reformation.

In the ninth year of this King (Richard II), John Wyclif,  the organ of the devil, the enemy of the Church, the confusion of men, the idol of heresy, measure of hypocrisy, the nourisher of schism, be the rightful doom of God, was smitten with a horrible paralysis throughout his body. And this venom fell upon him on St Thomas’s day in Christmas (29th December); but he died not until St Silvester’s Day (31st December). And worthily was he smitten on St Thomass Day, against whom he had greatly offended, letting men of that pilgrimage; and conveniently died he in Silvesters feast, again whom he had venomously barked for (his) doctrine of the Church.