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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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An Emerging Intellectual Knight-Errant

An Emerging Intellectual Knight-Errant

(p.8) 1 An Emerging Intellectual Knight-Errant
Jerome of Prague and the Foundations of the Hussite Movement

Thomas A. Fudge

Oxford University Press

This chapter is a survey of the salient factors that brought Jerome to international prominence, caused sustained conflict in the religious and social worlds of the later Middle Ages, and revealed Prague as a hotbed of intellectual dissent. Of significance are the ideas of John Wyclif which played a key role in the intellectual development of a movement for reform in Prague at the turn of the fifteenth century, especially in the philosophical debates at Charles University. A basis for comparison with Jean Gerson is established as this becomes a crucial key for understanding the challenges Jerome presented to the church. While Jan Hus has been often studied in this connection, Jerome has been overlooked. His activities help to explain the commitment of the Council of Constance to addressing the problem of heresy. Also of importance are Jerome’s numerous travels and many university debates.

Keywords:   John Wyclif, Charles University, Gerson, Council of Constance, Jan Hus

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