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Lollard womenlocked

(act. c. 1390–c. 1520)
  • Norman P. Tanner


Lollard women (act.c. 1390–c. 1520), were a significant feature in nonconformist and heretical circles before the end of the fourteenth century, and remained so throughout the subsequent history of the Lollard movement. Most of the information about them, even more than for men, comes from the records of prosecuting authorities, and as a result is almost always tantalizingly brief—snapshots taken at the time of their appearance in court. Even so, a rich variety of characters and roles is revealed. It should be noted at the outset, however, that the appropriateness of the term ‘Lollard’ (which originated as a word of abuse) rather than ‘Wycliffite’, as well as the size of the movement and the extent of its dependence on ...

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