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Religious Warfare in Europe 1400-1536$
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Norman Housley

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199552283

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199552283.001.0001

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A Crucible of Religious Warfare: Bohemia during the Hussite Wars, 1400−1436

A Crucible of Religious Warfare: Bohemia during the Hussite Wars, 1400−1436

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(p.33) Chapter Two A Crucible of Religious Warfare: Bohemia during the Hussite Wars, 1400−1436
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Religious Warfare in Europe 1400-1536
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DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199552283.003.0002

Circumstances caused the Czech lands from the 1420s through to the mid-1430s to become especially fertile territory for the practice of religious warfare and its interpretation. The followers of radical Tabor advocated the spreading of their beliefs through sanctified violence. Moderate Hussites argued for the defence of ‘God's Law’ by military force in terms of traditional just war discourse. Inevitably there was an interaction at the level of ideas between the Hussites' advocacy of armed action, and the series of crusades which were launched against them, though it is argued that in this respect the issue was more complex than simply challenge and response.

Keywords:   Hussites, Tabor, JanŽižka, Prague, Jakoubek of Stříbro, Lawrence of Březová, crusade

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