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Nicholas of Hereford
A discipleof John Wycliffe, Nicholas of Hereford (d. c. 1417/1420) was involved, with John Purvey, in translating the Bible into English; work on the Old Testament is thought to have been Nicholas' contribution to the project. Ordained in 1370, Nicholas was a fellow of Queen's College, Oxford, when he began to follow Wycliffe. Preaching against the papal hierarchy and the decadence of the clergy in 1382, Nicholas contended with Peter Stokes and was condemned by a council in London, which also excommunicated him. He travelled to Rome to appeal his case to Urban VI; Nicholas lost and was imprisoned. He escaped during an uprising in Rome and returned to England, where the archbishop of Canterbury imprisoned him. Richard II ordered Nicholas' work seized. C. 1391, Nicholas recanted and was placed in charge of the inquistion against the Lollards. He also was named chancellor of Hereford Cathedral; he was appointed chancellor of St. Paul's in 1395. When he resigned as treasurer in 1417, he is thought to have become a Carthusian.
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