prominence of Martin Luther or John Calvin in the popular imagination, and all but a small number of his Latin works are unavailable in translation; others are only now being edited. 16 Even within the academy, the English Wycliffites or Lollards continue to attract rather more attention than Wyclif himself, especially those who communicated their ideas in the vernacular. The MiddleEnglish tracts and sermons that have been ascribed to him are most probably the products of his followers (none of them can be attributed to him verifiably), and offer a subtly different and
might be bought and sold. See Acts 8:9–25. The practice of simony was thus named after him.
56 Ranulf Higden (d. 1364), author of the Polychronicon , a universal chronicle in seven books, is the Chester monk in question. His chronicle was enormously popular in medieval England, and survives in more than one hundred manuscripts dating from the fourteenth century and later. He was known by the Latin epithet Cestrensis (‘of Chester’). For the text of the Polychronicon with John Trevisa’s MiddleEnglish translation, see C. Babington and J