Session 722: Wycliffe, Hus, and the Impact of Reform, III: The Struggle for Simple Minds?
Tuesday 7 July 2015, 14.15-15.45
|Sponsor:||Lollard Society / Centrum Medievistických Studií, Akademie vĕd České Republiky, Praha / Institut für Mittelalterforschung, Wien|
|Organiser:||Pavlína Rychterová, Institut für Mittelalterforschung, Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Wien|
|Moderator/Chair:||Rob Lutton, Department of History, University of Nottingham|
|Paper 722-a||Collective Decision-Making and Its Critics: Probable Judgements and the Anti-Heresy Campaign in 15th-Century England|
Index terms: Philosophy, Religious Life
|Paper 722-b||'Honoured through imitation, not veneration': Cult Practices and Disciplination in the Utraquist Towns|
Index terms: Art History - General, Religious Life
|Paper 722-c||Describing Reform, Describing Heretics: Prophetic Language between the Hussites and the Catholics|
Index terms: Religious Life, Theology
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, the focus will be on the social impact of reform ideas, the strategies of the chief ideologists to get broader support, and the various responses to reform agendas.