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Hus, Jan
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Born into poverty in Husinec in southern Bohemia, Jan Hus (ca. 1372–1415) became a significant leader in what has been called the First Reformation. Upon receiving his master of arts degree in 1396, he became professor at Charles University in Prague. In 1402 he began a ten-year pastorate at Bethlehem Chapel, center of the growing reform movement within Bohemia and the symbol of expanding nationalism against the Roman Catholic Church and the Germans, who exerted the major control at Charles University. This situation inspired a life-long passion in Hus for moral purity and truth. His pre…

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Schwanda, Tom, “Hus, Jan”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 26 June 2022 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_H369>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512



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