St John of Nepomuk

(c. 1340—1393)

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Bohemian martyr. As Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Prague, he resisted the attempts of King Wenceslas IV to suppress an abbey. By the King's order he was drowned in the Vltava (Moldau), but his recovered body became the centre of a cult during the Counter-Reformation. Feast day, 16 May, suppressed in 1961.

Subjects: Christianity — Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500).

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