Hussite Wars in Bohemia

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Historical Context Essay

The “Hussite Wars” describe a series of conflicts which stemmed from resistance on the part of the Latin Church to efforts at religious reform in Bohemia; more specifically, they were a consequence of the execution of Jan Hus in 1415. When Hus’ followers, pejoratively called “Hussites”, refused to accede to the demands for religious conformity, the Roman Church and imperial authorities took steps to force obedience. The result was a protracted crusade carried out against the Hussites. There were five clearly defined military expeditions in 1420 (Prague), 1421 (Kutná Hora), 1421-2 (Sázava River valley), 1427 (Tachov) and 1431 (Domažlice). Each of these resulted in disastrous defeats for the crusaders and considerable …

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Fudge, Thomas A.. "Hussite Wars in Bohemia". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 04 January 2011
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