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IMC 2009: Sessions

Session 1215: The Power of Discourse: The Old and the New in the Hussite Reformation, I - The Narrow Way to Salvation - Sinners, Sacraments, and the End of Days

Wednesday 15 July 2009, 14.15-15.45

Sponsor:Centre for Medieval Studies, Prague
Organiser:Paweł Kras, Instytut Historii, John Paul II Catholic University, Lublin
Moderator/Chair:Brenda M. Bolton, University of London
Paper 1215-aInquisition in Medieval Bohemia: Its National and International Contexts
(Language: English)
Eva Doležalová, Centrum Medievistických Studií, Univerzita Karlova, Praha
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Religious Life
Paper 1215-bProphets, Martyrs, and Saints in Hussite Apocalyptical Writing
(Language: English)
Pavlína Libichová Cermanová, Sonderforschungsbereich 'Die kulturelle Dimension sozialer & politischer Integration', Universität Konstanz
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Lay Piety, Theology
Paper 1215-cPreaching and Penance under Dispute: The Hussite Debates at the Council of Basel and their Impact on Late Medieval Sacramentology
(Language: English)
Thomas Prügl, Institut für Kirchengeschichte, Universität Wien
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Theology

This session deals with the problem of the origins of the Hussite reformation - the current research stresses the importance of the Bohemian theologian Matthew of Janov. His work, and not John Wycliffe's have had the greatest impact on the leading figure of the Hussite Reformation after the death of Jan Hus, Jakoubek of Stribro, the real architect of the Utraquist confession. The papers in this session describe how the most important theological concepts of the reform took shape in 1380s and 1390s and discuss the reaction of the Catholic orthodoxy: the first paper deals with the basics of Hussite apocalyptic thinking, the second compares the meanings about heresy and inquisition in central and western Europe on the turn of the 14th and 15th centuries. The third paper analyses the teachings on sacraments in the Church's controversy with the Hussites, anticipating thus the theme of the Session 2.