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IMC 2015: Sessions

Session 822: Wycliffe, Hus, and the Impact of Reform, IV: Battle of Words - Battle of Swords

Tuesday 7 July 2015, 16.30-18.00

Sponsor:Lollard Society / Centrum Medievistických Studií, Akademie vĕd České Republiky, Praha / Institut für Mittelalterforschung, Wien
Organiser:Fiona Somerset, Department of English, University of Connecticut
Moderator/Chair:Pavlína Rychterová, Institut für Mittelalterforschung, Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Wien
Paper 822-aNobility and Religion in Hussite Bohemia
(Language: English)
Robert Novotný, Centrum Medievistických Studií, Akademie vĕd České Republiky, Praha
Index terms: Religious Life, Social History
Paper 822-bSir Richard la Zouche: Another Lollard Knight?
(Language: English)
Maureen Jurkowski, Department of History, University College London
Index terms: Local History, Social History
Paper 822-cThe Taming of the Warrior?: Concepts of Violence in the Life of Bohemian Nobility in the 15th Century
(Language: English)
Zdeněk Beran, Institute of History, University of Hradec Králové
Index terms: Mentalities, Social History

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 reaction of power centers to reform ideas and on the formation of Wycliffite and Hussite movements.