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Hus, Jan/Hussites
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(c. 1370, Husinec – Jul 6, 1415, Constance). Born in humble circumstances in southern Bohemia, Hus attended the university in Prague from 1390, earning his baccalaureate in 1393 and his M.A. in 1396. Like many other teachers of the Bohemian university nation, he became enthusiastic about the teachings of the church critic J.Wycliffe, whose philosophical realism enabled the Czechs to assert their position in the universals controversy over against the nominalism of the three non-Bohemian nations, whom they felt were asserting their majority against them with rega…

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Hilsch, Peter, “Hus, Jan/Hussites”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 18 May 2022 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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