WHAT HAPPENED TO JOHN WYCLIFFE? Wycliffe Bible. It was on May 4, 1415 that John Wycliffe, the English scholar, priest, translator, reformer and Oxford University teacher was declared a heretic by the Council of Constance. It was decreed that his books be burned and his remains be exhumed. The exhumation was carried out 13 years later, in 1428 – his remains were dug up, burned, and the ashes cast into the River Swift.