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IMC 2015: Sessions

Session 622: Wycliffe, Hus, and the Impact of Reform, II: The Pitfalls of Learned Debate

Tuesday 7 July 2015, 11.15-12.45

Sponsor:Lollard Society / Centrum Medievistických Studií, Akademie vĕd České Republiky, Praha / Institut für Mittelalterforschung, Wien
Organiser:Pavel Soukup, Centrum Medievistických Studií, Akademie vĕd České Republiky, Praha
Moderator/Chair:Alexander Russell, Centre for the Study of the Renaissance, University of Warwick
Paper 622-aWycliffe Arrives at Charles University: Stanislaus of Znojmo and Wycliffe's Metaphysics
(Language: English)
Stephen Lahey, Department of Classics & Religious Studies, University of Nebraska, Lincoln
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Philosophy
Paper 622-bWycliffe, Hus, and Prague University: Wycliffe's 45 Articles in Bohemia
(Language: English)
Dušan Coufal, Department of Classical Studies, Masarykova univerzita, Brno
Index terms: Manuscripts and Palaeography, Religious Life
Paper 622-cFalse Peace at Constance: A Bohemian Retrospect
(Language: English)
Fiona Somerset, Department of English, University of Connecticut
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Religious Life

The Wycliffite and Hussite projects of Church reform represent the most thorough attempts in late-medieval Europe to reshape religious and political ideologies and practices. In both cases, an academic controversy was immediately followed by a long-lasting ecclesiastical-political conflict. Despite the achievements of research into the Bohemian reception of Wycliffe's writings, new comparative approaches need to be adopted in order to better understand the preconditions, realities and developments in England and Bohemia, as well as the Hussites' bold experiment aimed at implementing some of the most radical Wycliffite ideas. The set of four sessions brings together specialists from Wycliffite and Hussite studies who will discuss their research into these late-medieval religious and political reform programs. In this session, focus will be on the intellectual settings in which Wycliffite and Hussite ideas took shape, especially at the universities of Oxford and Prague and the Council of Constance.