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Jerome of Prague and the Foundations of the Hussite Movement$
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Thomas A. Fudge

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780190498849

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190498849.001.0001

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Jerome Remembered

Jerome Remembered

Liturgy, Revolution, Commemoration

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Jerome of Prague and the Foundations of the Hussite Movement

Thomas A. Fudge

Oxford University Press

The expanse of six hundred years since the time of the Council of Constance has not dented the impressions of Jerome of Prague, which remain vividly embedded in the surviving records, composed both by Hussites and Catholics, especially in the moving narrative of Poggio Bracciolini. These reveal a man who was committed to Jan Hus, who was reckless and romantic, daring, egotistical, impulsive and exaggerated, fearless and violent, in both language and action. He was a man who possessed keen intellect, deep erudition, and a persuasive voice filled with energy, enthusiasm, and outspoken zeal. Boundless drive took this intellectual outlaw from one end of Europe to the other, and he seems never to have wearied of challenge, debate, disputation, and argument. It is also evident that Jerome did not succeed in avoiding heresy. This chapter explores the culture of memory and commemoration around the figure of Jerome of Prague especially that of liturgy and iconography. This is accomplished by questioning the reliability of eyewitnesses and interrogating the sources that contain the remembrance of an executed heretic.

Keywords:   Liturgy, Poggio Bracciolini, heresy, Hus, iconography, Hussites, commemoration

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