Chapter

The Founder

Phillip N. Haberkern

in Patron Saint and Prophet

Published in print May 2016 | ISBN: 9780190280734
Published online April 2016 | e-ISBN: 9780190280758 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190280734.003.0003

Series: Oxford Studies in Historical Theology

The Founder

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This chapter traces the evolution of the figure of Hus within the era of the Hussite wars and his co-optation by the more moderate Utraquist church that emerged from the Bohemians’ negotiations with the Council of Basel over a series of treaties called the Compactata in the 1430s. In the context of both holy war and negotiation with the Roman church, Czech authors invoked Hus as a precedent for their chosen courses of action; as such, this chapter tracks the politicization of Hus and his death as a rallying cry for battle, a template for intellectual debate, and a symbol of incipient Czech nationalism. Through a close reading of treatises, manifestos, satirical tracts, and chronicles , it is possible to see how Hus could serve as both a casus belli in five crusades and the founder of a national church that sought rapprochement with Rome.

Keywords: Hussite Wars; Compactata; Utraquist church; King Sigismund of Hungary; nationalism; holy war

Chapter.  18610 words. 

Subjects: Christianity

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