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Lollardy

Early Tudor heresy was largely inspired by Wycliffite and Lollard survival, particularly in the Chilterns, London, Essex and Kent. Lollard beliefs included a tendency to Biblical fundamentalism, an insistence upon the importance of preaching and the vernacular bible, anti-clericalism and condemnation of ritual aspects of worship. There was, however, no national organisation and no precise Lollard creed. During the later years of Henry VIII their traditional Lollard beliefs tended to merge with imported Lutheran ideas.