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IMC 2015: Sessions

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-aCollective Decision-Making and Its Critics: Probable Judgements and the Anti-Heresy Campaign in 15th-Century England
(Language: English)
Alexander Russell, Centre for the Study of the Renaissance, University of Warwick
Index terms: Philosophy, Religious Life
Paper 722-b'Honoured through imitation, not veneration': Cult Practices and Disciplination in the Utraquist Towns
(Language: English)
Kateřina Horníčková, Institute of Aesthetics & Art History, University of South Bohemia, České Budějovice
Index terms: Art History - General, Religious Life
Paper 722-cDescribing Reform, Describing Heretics: Prophetic Language between the Hussites and the Catholics
(Language: English)
Pavlína Libichová Cermanová, Centrum Medievistických Studií, Akademie vĕd České Republiky, Praha
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.