Certainly, argues Cole, in its dispersal of Oxford scholars and systematic dissemination of its conclusions through English parishes, the Council guaranteed Wyclifite networks a coherence and publicity that they hitherto had hardly even sought, much less achieved.
He offers nuanced readings of how Chaucer's orthodox twit, the Shipman in the Parson's Tale, by chiding the Host for allowing the Parson to speak, represents the butt of a Lollard joke and how Wyclifite ideas about vernacular translation helped Chaucer to refine his sense of relationship with his readers.
King, 98-99, argues that "Someone at court collaborated in the publication of the Wyclifite
prologue," and that Crowley must have been "admitted to the palace to make his accurate transcription." Carley, 2000, 253-64, notes that Bale does not list this text in his catalog of the Royal Library, but records in the Index that he saw this book at Crowley's shop (ibid., 268-69).
Talbert, 'The Wyclifite
Pater Noster and Ten Commandments, with Special Reference to English MSS.
(3) While both sections have potentially Lollard or Wyclifite
leanings, each also contains ideas in keeping with orthodox beliefs.
The followers of Wyclif were known as Wyclifites
; however, the Lollards, with whom they are often grouped, were not, strictly speaking, followers of Wyclif.