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IMC 2009: Sessions

Session 1315: The Power of Discourse: The Old and the New in the Hussite Reformation, II - Negotiating with Heretics about Heresy - Hussite Bohemia and the Limits of Tolerance

Wednesday 15 July 2009, 16.30-18.00

Sponsor:Centre for Medieval Studies, Prague
Organiser:Pavel Soukup, Centrum Medievistických Studií, Praha
Moderator/Chair:Anne Hudson, Faculty of English Language & Literature, University of Oxford
Paper 1315-aRichard Rolle's Readers in Bohemia
(Language: English)
Michael van Dussen, Department of English, Ohio State University
Index terms: Archives and Sources, Language and Literature - Latin, Religious Life
Paper 1315-bDefining Heterodoxy in Hussite and Anti-Hussite Polemics
(Language: English)
Pavel Soukup, Centrum Medievistických Studií, Praha
Index terms: Language and Literature - Latin, Religious Life, Theology
Paper 1315-c'Contra modernos haereticos': The Polemic against the Hussite Doctrine at the University of Kraków in the First Half of the 15th Century
(Language: English)
Paweł Kras, Instytut Historii, John Paul II Catholic University, Lublin
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Religious Life, Teaching the Middle Ages

Defining a group as heretical compelled the hereticating party to determine the kind of contact it would maintain with those it hereticated. Communication could take many forms, but while it lasted, definitions of heresy and orthodoxy were negotiable. Negotiation with the Hussites would become particularly urgent: revolution in Bohemia posed a serious threat to surrounding regions and to the unity of Latin Christendom. Panellists will address the issue of communication among opposing factions concerning heresy in Bohemia and the terms under which communication was tolerated. The papers will achieve this by analysing the circulation of devotional texts in 'orthodox' and 'heretic' communities and both Hussite and anti-Hussite polemical writings.