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IMC 2009: Sessions

Session 1515: The Power of Discourse: The Old and the New in the Hussite Reformation, III - A Premature Confessionalisation? - Religious Practice and Social Networks in the 15th Century

Thursday 16 July 2009, 09.00-10.30

Sponsor:Centre for Medieval Studies, Prague
Organiser:Pavlína Rychterová, Institut für Österreichische Geschichtsforschung, Universität Wien
Moderator/Chair:Paul Knoll, Department of History, University of Southern California
Paper 1515-aThe Holy Blood of Wilsnack: Eucharistics Cults in Central Europe, 1378-1415
(Language: English)
Jan Hrdina, Prague City Archives
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Lay Piety
Paper 1515-bHow to Become a Leader, a Prophet, a Saint: Making of Public in the 15th Century
(Language: English)
Pavlína Rychterová, Institut für Österreichische Geschichtsforschung, Universität Wien
Index terms: Hagiography, Political Thought
Paper 1515-cConfessionalisation before Confessionalisation?: The Czech Nobility and Religous Division in the Hussite Period
(Language: English)
Robert Novotný, Centrum Medievistických Studií, Akademie vĕd České Republiky, Praha
Index terms: Anthropology, Lay Piety, Social History

This session deals with the problem of change and continuity in the social structure, mobility and networks of communication during the Hussite Reformation. The first paper explores the development of pilgrimages in central Europe with focus on the pilgrimage to the Holy Blood relics in Wilsnack in the first half of the 15th century. The second paper compares the networks of communication in the central and western Europe during the 15th century - before and after the invention of print. The last paper questions the familiar networks of the Bohemian nobility before and after the establishment of the new Utraquist confession. The main question is how the Hussite wars and new religious situation challenged the social stratification of the nobility.