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Jan Hus was a late medieval Czech university master and popular preacher who was condemned at the Council of Constance and burned at the stake as a heretic in 1415. Thanks to his contemporary influence and his posthumous fame in the Hussite movement and beyond, Hus has become one of the best known figures of the Czech past and one of the most prominent reformers of medieval Europe as a whole. This definitive biography now available in English opposes the view of Hus that saw his importance primarily as a martyr, subsequently invoked by a variety of religious, national, and political groups eager to appropriate his legacy. Looking for Hus’s significance in his own time, this treatment tells a story of a late medieval intellectual who—through his dedicated pursuit of what he understood as his mission—generated conflict and eventually brought execution upon himself. By investigating the life and death of Jan Hus, one learns not only about the man, but about the church, state, and society in late medieval Europe. The story told in this book is original in structure and purpose. Each chapter takes a major event in Hus’s life as a starting point for a broader discussion of crucial problems connected to his career and the controversies he generated. How did these specific events contribute to Hus’s own convictions? By suggesting parallels to and departures from other late medieval figures and events in Europe, the book liberates Hus from a narrow and nationalist Czech historiography and places him squarely in a broader European context, showing a significance that transcended Czech borders. From a number of different vantage points, it raises a central question critical to understanding the later Middle Ages: why was a sincere ecclesiastical reformer condemned by a church council committed to reform itself?

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  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
  2. pp. i-iv
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Preface to the English Edition
  2. pp. vii-x
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  1. Abbreviations
  2. p. xi
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  1. Chapter 1: Introduction: The Defendant at Constance
  2. pp. 1-6
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  1. Chapter 2: Jan Hus in the Hands of Historians
  2. pp. 7-20
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  1. Chapter 3: Master Jan Hus: A Brief Biography
  2. pp. 21-26
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  1. Chapter 4: Hus the Preacher: The Appointment as Rector of the Bethlehem Chapel, 1402
  2. pp. 27-38
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  1. Chapter 5: Prague Wycliffism and the “Learned Heresy”: The First Condemnation of Wyclif’s Articles, 1403
  2. pp. 39-52
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  1. Chapter 6: Jan Hus and Church Reform: The Synodal Sermons, 1405 and 1407
  2. pp. 53-64
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  1. Chapter 7: The University Career of Master Hus: The Rector’s Speech of 1409, “Strengthen Your Hearts”
  2. pp. 65-72
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  1. Chapter 8: The Generation of the Decree of Kutná Hora: The University of Prague as a Central European Crossroads
  2. pp. 73-80
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  1. Chapter 9: The Hussites’ Media Campaign: Appealing the Papal Prohibition of Preaching, 1410
  2. pp. 81-92
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  1. Chapter 10: Public Engagement and Political Support: Royal Expropriation of Church Property, 1411
  2. pp. 93-102
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  1. Chapter 11: Leader of the Protest Movement: The Prague Indulgence Disputes, 1412
  2. pp. 103-114
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  1. Chapter 12: The Judicial Process: The Appeal to Christ, 1412
  2. pp. 115-122
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  1. Chapter 13: The Invisible Church and Conditional Obedience: Hus’s Book On the Church, 1413
  2. pp. 123-134
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  1. Chapter 14: Writing in the Vernacular and Mission in the Countryside: The Czech Postil, 1413
  2. pp. 135-144
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  1. Chapter 15: The Council of Constance: Conviction and Execution, 1414–15
  2. pp. 145-158
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  1. Chapter 16: Epilogue: Hussitism and Reformation
  2. pp. 159-166
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 167-196
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  1. Works of Jan Hus
  2. pp. 197-198
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  1. Further Primary Sources
  2. pp. 199-202
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 203-218
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  1. Index of Personal Names
  2. pp. 219-224
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  1. About the Author
  2. p. 225
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781612496078
Related ISBN
9781557538765
MARC Record
OCLC
1139397464
Pages
271
Launched on MUSE
2020-02-19
Language
English
Open Access
Yes
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