Martin Luther was not the first seek reform in the Church. There were others. Savanarola, an Italian Monk in Florence, sought a return to more fervent preaching of the Word and proclaimed that a new Cyrus would come from the North to reform the Church. He was imprisoned and later hanged. John Hus sought a return of the common cup to the people and delineated the moral failings of the clergy, bishops and popes. He was burned at the stake. John Wycliff sought the truth of God’s Word in one’s own language and emphasized the individual’s interpretation of scripture as the best moral guide.