Jan Hus (John Huss) (1372-1415)


Bohemian pre-Reformation advocate of church reform and eventual martyr. Hus was ordained and preached at Bethlehem chapel in Prague. Educated at Prague University, Hus was briefly appointed dean and rector, and, inspired by John Wyclif, proposed various reforms that drew wide support. He was censured for his bold preaching and wrote his major work on ecclesial reform while in exile. Though promised safe conduct to the Council of Constance, he was arrested and removed from the priesthood. As he was burned at the stake, he sang. Considered a martyr and national hero, he influenced the Bohemian Brethren and the Reformers, though his work had focused more on clerical abuses and ethics than on theological issues (from Pocket Dictionary of the Reformed Tradition).


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