Patron Saint and Prophet: Jan Hus in the Bohemian and German Reformations

Hardcover | April 4, 2016

byPhillip N. Haberkern

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The Bohemian preacher and religious reformer Jan Hus has been celebrated as a de facto saint since being burned at the stake as a heretic in 1415. Patron Saint and Prophet analyzes Hus's commemoration from the time of his death until the middle of the following century, tracing the ways inwhich both his supporters and his most outspoken opponents sought to determine whether he would be remembered as a heretic or saint. Phillip Haberkern examines how specific historical conflicts and exigencies affected the evolution of Hus's memory-within the militant Hussite movement that flourisheduntil the mid-1430s, within the Czech Utraquist church that succeeded it, and among sixteenth-century Lutherans who viewed Hus as a forerunner and even prophet of their reform.Using close readings of written sources such as sermons and church histories, visual media including manuscript illuminations and monumental art, and oral forms of discourse such as vernacular songs and liturgical prayers, this book offers a fascinating account of how changes in media technologycomplemented the shifting theology of the cult of saints in order to shape early modern commemorative practices. By focusing on the ways in which the invocation of Hus catalyzed religious dissent within two distinct historical contexts, Haberkern compares the role of memory in late medieval Bohemiawith the emergence of history as a constitutive religious discourse in the early modern German land. In this way, he also provides a detailed analysis of the ways in which Bohemian and German religious reformers justified their dissent from the Roman Church by invoking the past.

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The Bohemian preacher and religious reformer Jan Hus has been celebrated as a de facto saint since being burned at the stake as a heretic in 1415. Patron Saint and Prophet analyzes Hus's commemoration from the time of his death until the middle of the following century, tracing the ways inwhich both his supporters and his most outspok...

Phillip N. Haberkern is Assistant Professor of History at Boston University.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:352 pages, 9.21 × 6.1 × 0.98 inPublished:April 4, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0190280735

ISBN - 13:9780190280734

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. The Saint2. The Founder3. The Patron4. The Apocalyptic Witness5. The Prophet6. The Catholic7. The ExemplarConclusionNotesBibliographyIndex

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"A marvelous study bridging the religious cultures of late medieval and early modern Central Europe, a creative work of scholarship connecting the Reformations of Jan Hus and Martin Luther. Like Faulkner's Yoknapatawpha County, the terrain that Phillip Haberkern so expertly surveys is a regionwhere the past is never dead and where, as he demonstrates, successive generations of reformers skillfully manipulated the memory of Jan Hus to justify their confessional agendas." --Howard Louthan, Professor of History and Director of the Center for Austrian Studies at the University of Minnesota