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The Magnificent Ride The First Reformation in Hussite Bohemia

By Thomas A. Fudge Copyright 1998

    The Magnificent Ride examines the social and religious dimensions of the Hussite revolutionary movement in 15th-century Bohemia. It argues that ’the magnificent ride’ was, in fact, the first reformation, and not merely a precursor to the reformations of the 16th century. The religious revival which had begun in Prague in the later middle ages reached its zenith in the period between Jan Hus and the Council of Basel. This book reconstructs the Hussite myth and shows how that myth evolved into the historical phenomenon of heresy. Acts of heretical practice in Bohemia, condemnation of Jan Hus, defiance of ecclesiastical authority and attempts by the official church to deal with the dissenters are fascinating chapters in the history of late medieval Europe.

    Contents: Bohemia on the eve of the Hussite movement; Anatomy of a revolutionary Reformation; St Jan Hus, the law of God and the forbidden chalice; Paint, poetry and pamphlets: the politics of Reformation; The ascent of dissent; Bibliography, Index.


    Thomas A. Fudge

    '...this work is an important and stimulating one.' Slavonic & East European Review, Vol. 77, No. 3 ’For the general reader interested in Central European history, this book can be recommended as an excellent introduction to the major issues and events of the Hussite movement. For specialists of late medieval and early modern Bohemia it will generate important discussions to be pursued in the years ahead.’ Central European History, Vol. 33, No. 3 'I can recommend this book on the basis of its impressive command of its sources and its ability to produce from them a readable and - frequently exciting - account of "the first reformation."' Slavic Review, Vol. 60