Marilynne Robinson reflects on the work of the reformers who translated the Bible.
That very passionate and very dangerous loyalty to the poor, who … that was almost everybody at that time, but still, you know, Wycliffe and the people who helped him were all Oxford professors. And they – he didn’t, he was not burned at the stake, he was dug up after 20 years or something and burned. But –
Interviewer: To make sure?
Robinson: Yes, exactly [laughter]. Powerful man, you know. But in any case, I think it’s a very beautiful thing that they were so loyal to the vernacular, to create a whole Bible, you know, and to try to reach people who could have no meaningful sense of it at all, and teach literacy at the same time, and … I think that’s one of the most beautiful things in history.