Liturgy, Revolution, Commemoration
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.
Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.
If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.