Secular Politics and Academic Condemnation at Oxford, 1358–1411

  • Andrew E. Larsen
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From 1277 to 1409, a series of academic condemnations took place at Oxford, in which various scholars were accused of erroneous or heretical teaching. An exact count of these cases is hard to offer, since in some cases a scholar’s ideas were condemned without the scholar himself being named or targeted, while in one case multiple scholars were targeted simultaneously, while John Wyclif was the focus of a number of condemnation efforts, most unsuccessful. But an approximate count, treating all the cases dealing with John Wyclif as a single matter, is that there were 11 condemnations involving Oxford scholars.


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