A Companion to Jan Hus


A Companion to Jan Hus includes eleven substantial essays covering the central aspects of the life, thought and commemoration of Jan Hus († 1415), Czech theologian, reformer and martyr. Besides older experienced specialists in the Hussite studies, also younger researchers who enter the scientific discourse with new approaches participated in the volume.

Experts and students alike will profit from this guide to Jan Hus, who was well known as follower of John Wyclif and forerunner of Martin Luther. Burning of Jan Hus at the stake at the Council of Constance gave rise in Bohemia to religious and social revolt that ushered the European reformations of the 16th century.

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František Šmahel (Ph.D.1965, DrSc. 1990) is Professor at the Centre for Medieval Studies at the Charles University and the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic. His recent publications on intellectual history, political history and Czech Hussite movement include Hussitische Revolution I-III (2002), The Charles University in the Middle Ages (2007) and the edition (with G. Silagi) of Magistri Hieronymi de Praga Quaestiones, polemica, epistulae (2010).

Ota Pavlíček (Ph.D., Th.D. 2014) wrote his doctoral thesis on the thought of Jerome of Prague at the University of Paris Sorbonne and at the Charles University in Prague. He works as a Research Fellow at the Institute of Philosophy of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic.

“a valuable resource for those seeking an introduction to the life and work of this important Czech reformer.”
John T. Slotemaker, Fairfield University. In: Religious Studies Review, Vol. 42, No. 4 (December 2016), p. 302.

“As a wide-ranging academic exploration of the life, work, and influence of this important figure of the medieval world, Šmahel and Pavlíček’s A Companion to Jan Hus is a long-awaited and warmly welcomed addition to Brill’s companions to the Christian tradition.”
Severin V.Kitanov, Salem State University. In: Sixteenth Century Journal, Vol. 47, No. 3 (Fall 2016), pp. 713-714.

List of Contributors


The Chronology of the Life and Work of Jan Hus
Ota Pavlíček
The Spiritual Background of the Czech Reformation
Vilém Herold (†)
Jan Hus as a Preacher
Pavel Soukup
The Sentences Commentary of Jan Hus
Stephen E. Lahey
The Vernacular Theology of Jan Hus
Pavlína Rychterová
The National Idea, Secular Power and Social Issues in the Political Theology of Jan Hus
František Šmahel
The causa Hus in Constance : disputatio aut inquisitio
Sebastián Provvidente
Second Life of Jan Hus. Liturgy, Commemoration & Music
David Holeton & Hana Vlhová-Wörner
Iconography of Jan Hus
Milena Bartlová
The History of the Interpretation of Jan Hus
Zdeněk V. David
Instead of Conclusion: A View into Hus’s Literary Workshop
František Šmahel

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All interested in Jan Hus, European history, intellectual history, Church reformation and the Hussites.
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