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1. Background

Like the Waldenses, the Hussites were a medieval movement summoning the church back to its original Christian form. The condemnation and burning of Jan Hus (ca. 1372–1415) at the Council of Constance (Reform Councils) on July 6, 1415, provoked a national protest in Bohemia that led to the adoption of reforming ideas and the rise of the Hussites.

In 1414 Jacob of Mies, with the approval of Hus, had given the cup to the laity in Prague (Eucharist), a departure from custom that became a symbol of the H…

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Albrecht, Ruth and Schwanda, Tom, “Hussites”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 26 June 2022 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_H370>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512

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