Preachers, Partisans, and Rebellious Religion : Vernacular Writing and the Hussite Movement

Preachers, Partisans, and Rebellious Religion : Vernacular Writing and the Hussite Movement


In early fifteenth-century Prague, disagreements about religion came to be shouted in the streets and taught to the laity in the vernacular, giving rise to a new kind of public engagement that would persist into the early modern era and beyond. The reforming followers of Jan Hus brought theological learning to the people through a variety of genres, including songs, poems, tractates, letters, manifestos, and sermons. At the same time, university masters provided the laity with an education that enabled them to discuss contentious issues and arrive at their own conclusions, emphasizing that they held the freedom to make up their own minds about important theological issues. This marketplace of competing religious ideas in the vernacular emerged in Bohemia a full hundred years before the Reformation.

In Preachers, Partisans, and Rebellious Religion, Marcela K. Perett examines the early phases of the so-called Hussite revolution, between 1412, when Jan Hus first radicalized his followers, and 1436, the year of the agreement at the Council of Basel granting papal permission for the ritual practice of the Utraquist, or moderate Hussite, faction to continue. These were years during which the leaders of competing reform movements needed to garner the laity's support and employed the vernacular for that purpose, translating and simplifying basic theological arguments about the Bible, the church's ritual practice, and authority in the church. Perett illustrates that the vernacular discourse, even if it revolved around the same topics, was nothing like the Latin debates on the issues, often appealing to emotion rather than doctrinal positions. In the end, as Preachers, Partisans, and Rebellious Religion demonstrates, the process of vernacularization increased rather than decreased religious factionalism and radicalism as agreement about theological issues became impossible.

Similar Books

ISBN 10: 0812250443
ISBN 13: 9780812250442

01 May 2018
Mauro F. Guillen

ISBN 10: 0946688001
ISBN 13: 9780946688005

15 Dec 1984
Geoff Edmonds

ISBN 10: 0812250419
ISBN 13: 9780812250411

12 Oct 2018
Jonathan Decter

ISBN 10: 0194401634
ISBN 13: 9780194401630

15 Jul 2010
Craig Wright

ISBN 10: 0241444519
ISBN 13: 9780241444511

21 Apr 2022
Christopher Blattman

ISBN 10: 0270914587
ISBN 13: 9780270914580

29 Jul 2018
Dane Rudhyar

ISBN 10: 0270915575
ISBN 13: 9780270915570

29 Jul 2018
Francisco Garcia Ayuso

ISBN 10: 027596339X
ISBN 13: 9780275963392

30 Jun 1999
Tim B. Heaton

ISBN 10: 0486409260
ISBN 13: 9780486409269

28 Mar 2003
Hans Reichenbach

ISBN 10: 0743249364
ISBN 13: 9780743249362

25 May 2004
Barry Lopez

ISBN 10: 1411658752
ISBN 13: 9781411658752

30 Nov 2005
Evan Whitton