Main Topic: Our World
Speaker: Stephen Lahey
Fifteenth-century Bohemia was the setting for the first revolution in history, when followers of Jan Hus, nobles, clergy, and peasants alike, rose up against Emperor and Pope. From 1419 to 1435, central Europe was dominated by the Hussites, who despite being outnumbered and without allies, triumphed and created their own kingdom. This talk will introduce the theologians and the generals who led the movement, the ideology that defined it, and the internal division that threatened to destroy it. This is a fascinating but not well known moment in history that continues to define Czech identity, and contributes importantly to the history of Christianity in Europe.