'Smollet', (1721-1771), 1830. Creator: Unknown
'Smollet', (1721-1771), 1830. Tobias George Smollett (1721-1771) Scottish poet and author, educated at University of Glasgow where he qualified as a surgeon. After spending time in Jamaica he published an English translation of Miguel de Cervantes's novel Don Quixote and became editor of The Critical Review. From "Biographical Illustrations", by Alfred Howard. [Thomas Tegg, R. Griffin and Co., J. Cumming, London, Glasgow and Dublin, 1830]
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John Wycliffe, 14th century English theologian and religious reformer, (c1850). Artist: Unknown
John Wycliffe, 14th century English theologian and religious reformer, (c1850). Wycliffe (c1329-1384) embarked on a translation of the Bible into English in order to bypass the established Church and make the word of God accesible to all literate people. A controversial opponent of the established Catholic Church who questioned the doctrine of transubstantiation, he was the leader of the religious movement known as the Lollards (Mumblers). Wycliffe was blamed by his ecclesiastical superiors for inciting the Peasant's Revolt of 1381, and many of his writings were banned. His works were an inspiration to the leaders of the Reformation, including Martin Luther. Taken from the book Old England's Worthies, London, c1850.
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