The Magnificent Ride: The First Reformation in Hussite Bohemia, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

The Magnificent Ride

The First Reformation in Hussite Bohemia, 1st Edition

By Thomas A. Fudge


330 pages

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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.


'…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

Table of Contents

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.

About the Series

St Andrews Studies in Reformation History

With the publication of its 100th book in 2012, the St Andrews Studies in Reformation Studies series celebrated an impressive publishing achievement. Since its establishment in 1995 the series has consistently offered high-quality, innovative and thought-provoking research in the field of early modern religious history. By encouraging authors to adopt a broad and inclusive interpretation of ’Reformation’, the resultant publications have done much to help shape current interdisciplinary interpretations of early-modern religion, expanding attention far beyond narrow theological concerns. Each title within the series has added to a body of international research showing how the ripples of the Reformation spread to virtually every corner of European society, both Protestant and Catholic, and often beyond. From family life, education, literature, music, art and philosophy, to political theory, international relations, economics, colonial ventures, science and military matters, there were few aspects of life that remained untouched in some way by the spirit of religious reform. As well as widening conceptions of the Reformation, the series has for the last fifteen years provided a publishing outlet for work, much of it by new and up-and-coming scholars who might otherwise have struggled to find an international platform for their work. Alongside these monographs, a complementary selection of edited volumes, critical editions of important primary sources, bibliographical studies and new translations of influential Reformation works previously unavailable to English speaking scholars, adds further depth to the topic. By offering this rich mix of approaches and topics, the St Andrews series continues to offer scholars an unparalleled platform for the publication of international scholarship in a dynamic and often controversial area of historical study.

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