The first widely circulated English version of the Bible, translated from St. Jerome's Latin by followers of John Wycliffe, was outlawed in 1408 by Archbishop Thomas Arundel of Canterbury. Arundel's council ruled that the use of unauthorized vernacular Bible translations propagated "heresy and error." Consequently, the Church prohibited translation of the Bible into English under the severe penalty of excommunication, while the use of Wycliffite translations was subject to fines and imprisonment.
Prothro B-281. [Middle English New Testament. Wycliffite Version]. Illuminated manuscript on vellum. [England, c. 1400–25.]
Illuminated vellum manuscript Bible
Wycliffe, John, –1384., “Prothro B-281,” Bridwell Library Special Collections Exhibitions, accessed February 8, 2023, https://bridwell.omeka.net/items/show/1942.