"(He) has been justly denominated the first English reformer. The Wickliffites were grievously oppressed, but could not be extinguished; persecution only served to establish those doctrines, which, about an hundred years after this, became general in England, when the nation embraced the faith which this morning-star of the reformation had so early restored, not only to his own, but we may say, without hesitation, to all the nations of Christendom. His works were circulated by lord Cobham through great part of the continent.... They were so numerous in Bohemia, that two hundred volumes, finely written, and elegantly covered, were burnt by archbishop Sbinko. A young Bohemian nobleman, who had been prosecuting his studies at Oxford, likewise took home several of Wickliff's books; and being well acquainted with John Huss, favoured him with a perusal; which was the means of converting this excellent man, and the greater part of the university of Prague, to the faith of the reformation."
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