With the poor exceptions of one or two names like those of Theodore of Mopsuestia and John of Damascus, the Eastern Church produced no preachers of distinction.
About this time, no doubt, some preachers began to use the vernacular, though no examples of such a practice have been preserved.
Among the popular preachers vigour was often blended with coarseness and vulgarity.
Towards the close of the century comes John Wycliffe and his English travelling preachers, who passed the torch to Hus and the Bohemians, and in the next age Savonarola, who was to Florence what Jeremiah had been to Jerusalem.
C. Lake, Classic Preachers of the English Church (1st series, 1877).