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John Wycliffe, the First to Translate the Entire Bible into English, Dies

John Wycliffe, the First to Translate the Entire Bible into English, Dies

Wycliffe had been born in the hinterlands, on a sheep farm 200 miles from London. He left for Oxford University in 1346, but because of periodic eruptions of the Black Death, he was not able to earn his doctorate until 1372. Nonetheless, by then he was already considered Oxford's leading philosopher and theologian. In 1374 he became rector of the parish in Lutterworth, but a year ...
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John Ball, a leader in the Peasants' Revolt, is hung, drawn and quartered in the presence of Richard II of England

John Ball, a leader in the Peasants’ Revolt, is hung, drawn and quartered in the presence of Richard II of England

John Ball was born in St Albans in about 1340. Twenty years later he was working as a priest in York. He eventually became the priest St James' Church in Colchester. (1) Ball believed it was wrong that some people in England were very rich while others were very poor. Ball's church sermons criticising the feudal system upset his bishop and in 1366 he was removed ...
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Europe's Black Death: Scientists say Fleas and Body Lice Spread by Humans, not Rats, were Responsible for Killing 50 million people

Europe’s Black Death: Scientists say Fleas and Body Lice Spread by Humans, not Rats, were Responsible for Killing 50 million people

Every child learns at school that the Black Death was spread by rats which carried infected fleas. But the textbooks may need to be changed, as a new study suggests rodents have been unfairly blamed for the plague which killed millions of people across medieval Europe. The Black Death, it appears, may not have been spread by filthy rats, but by lice and fleas carried by ...
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