Jan Hus

HUS, Jan. b. ca. 1370; d. 6 July 1415. Born at Husinec (or Hussinecz), southern Bohemia, he was educated at the University of Prague (BA 1393, Bachelor of Theology 1394, MA 1396). He taught at the University after graduation, and was Dean of the Faculty (1401) and Rector (1402-03, 1409-10). In 1402 he was appointed capellarius (chaplain and preacher) of the Bohemian chapel in Prague, a chapel founded to encourage preaching in the Bohemian language. Hus’s preaching there, much influenced by the English reformer John Wycliffe (d. 1384), condemned clerical abuses, and taught that Christ, not St Peter, was head of the church. Wycliffe’s books were burnt at Prague in 1410, and Hus himself was...

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