Morning Star of the Reformation

by Andy Thomson
134 pages, Biography/History
Reviewed by The Hermit

This is a good introduction for people who like to learn about the Reformation.


This book was written to illustrate the condition of the church and England before the Reformation. John Wycliffe, in the story, has three fictional friends who represent the thinking of many people back then. He is studying to be a parish priest at Oxford. The last part of the book is about Wycliffe when he was older and it mentions historical events. There is a page that gives information about Wycliffe in the back.


Sebastion makes a bet with two other men in the inn, and Wycliffe says this is a sin. Wycliffe has no qualms about admitting his mistakes and will wonder if he is sinning about things most people would not consider. Sebastion takes money out of the pockets of people he gave last rites to if they have no families, saying that normally he would be paid for the last rites anyway. Both John and Sebastion discuss these things with each other.

Spiritual Content

Much of the book is discussing the doctrines of the Bible versus the traditions of the Roman Church. John gives men last rites and encourages them to look toward the Savior. Some clergy wave crucifixes at rioters in the street.


A Dominican is whacked on the head. Sebastion (one of the fictional friends) saves a man from being killed and then has to defend himself (and others) from thugs. John is hit on the head with a rock. People die of the plague.

Drug and Alcohol Content

None, though they do eat at inns.

Sexual Content


Crude or Profane Language or Content



This is not a hard book to read and does an excellent job of illustrating the times.

Fun Score: 3.5
Values Score: 4.5
Written for Age: 11-12

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