Jerome of Prague

(c. 1370—1416)

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Bohemian Reformer and friend of J. Huss. Probably a native of Prague, he studied at Oxford, whence he brought back writings of J. Wycliffe. On his return to Prague in 1407 he took an active part in the religious controversies and became a leader of the nationalist university students. He followed Huss to Constance in 1415. After Huss's death, under pressure he read a document anathematizing the teaching of Wycliffe and Huss and accepting the authority of the Pope and Council. The sincerity of this abjuration was suspect and his trial resumed in 1416. He took back his abjuration and was burnt at the stake.

Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700) — Christianity.

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