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This introductory chapter provides an overview of the book John Wyclif's Discourse on Dominion in Community. The book examines the proposition that Wyclif 's cultural importance does not only consist of the acknowledged mythological role he had apparently played in hidden discourses from his death to Foxe's Book of Martyrs among the Lollard sect and the political audience of 15th-16th c. It reconstructs the whole flow of Wyclif 's discourse on the divine gift of dominion to men to show the process by which he broke with the conventions of intellectual debates and arrived at the logic and carnal verity of the gospel. In the reconstruction of the metaphysical context of Wyclif 's thought, the author relies mostly on his own words in his argument with Dominus Armacanus, Richard Fitzralph, Bishop, then Archbishop, of Armagh, and doctor profundis, Thomas Bradwardine, Archbishop of Canterbury, confessor of King Edward III.

Keywords:cultural importance; dominion; John Wyclif's discourse



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