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In focus: Remembering Jan Hus

His intensive reading of the Bible made him a harsh critic of the Church. Jan Hus (ca. 1370–1415) demanded radical reorientation. And paid for it with his life. If the renowned Council of Constance (1414–1418) is currently being commemorated by Lake Constance, then we should also remember the burning of the priest of Prague six hundred years ago on 6 July 1415. Even a king broke his word in the scandalous trial of Hus.

The indomitable priest of Prague

600 years ago he arrived in Constance to defend his religious convictions before the Council. On 6 July 1415 Jan Hus was burnt at the stake. For the German reformer Martin Luther he was a religious hero. Read more ... 

Secret operation in higher service

For about 100 years before Martin Luther a movement was formed in today’s Czech Republic that wished to distance itself from Rome. The movement demanded a Church that renounced worldly power. Its leading figure was Jan Hus, burned 600 years ago at the Council of Constance. Read more ... 

Jan Hus

1370: Jan Hus is born in Husinec in Bohemia

1396: earning master's degree at the University of Prague

1400: ordination as a priest

1402: serving as a rector of the University of Prague

1413: work „De Ecclesia“

3. November 1414: Imprisonment at the Council of Constance

6. Juli 1415: condemnation takes place on 6 July 1415 

Jan Hus

Jan Hus was a mentor and precursor of the Reformation. He was burnt on the stake because he had criticised the church and suggested reformatory actions. Martin Luther understood himself as the heir of Jan Hus.

600 Jahre Konstanzer Konzil – Vier Päpste und zwei tote Reformer

Europa ist in keinem guten Zustand zu Beginn des 15. Jahrhunderts. Gleich drei Päpste zanken um die Vorherrschaft, obwohl es doch nur ein legitimes Kirchenoberhaupt geben kann. Gegen würdelose Zustände in der Kirche begehren in mehreren Regionen Reformbewegungen auf, die von der geistlichen Obrigkeit schnell als "Ketzerei" gebrandmarkt werden. Dabei wird Reformbedarf durchaus anerkannt, aber eben nicht umgesetzt.