Hussite Wars: Part Two
Feb03

Hussite Wars: Part Two

In the first part (published at www.prague.tips on January 06, 2015), we have left the Hussites in year 1420 when they have survived and then broken the first crusade against them. Jan Žižka During 1419 and 1420, the military genius of Jan Žižka came into the spotlight. It was him who led several dozens of defenders of a small fort on Vítkov hill against hundreds of crusaders. Jan Žižka, military leader of the Tábor Hussites,...

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Hussite Wars: Part One
Jan06

Hussite Wars: Part One

Today, I will tell you a little about one of the defining moments of the Czech history which we have already touched in some of the previous articles. Hussite Wars. The series of conflicts lasted 15 years – which was not too long by medieval standards if you remember that at the same time, the Hundred Years’ War was in progress in France. After those 15 years, the Czech society was never the same as before. The causes of Hussite Wars...

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The First Defenestration in Prague
Jul28

The First Defenestration in Prague

Defenestration – the act of throwing a thing or person out of a window (with the intent to kill) – occurred three times in the history of Prague. In all cases, religious disputes were the underlying cause. Two of the defenestrations started long wars. The last one, in 1618, was the beginning of the Thirty Years’ War. The first one, in 1419, was the event which marked the start of the Hussite Wars. Today, I will share with you...

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The Life and Death of Jan Hus
Jul06

The Life and Death of Jan Hus

Jan Hus is a name foreigners will soon stumble upon if he or she starts to study Czech history, or even attends a city tour. Hus is seen by many as a forerunner of the European church reformation. His opinions and stubbornness with which he refused to abandon his teachings earned him a horrible death at the stake on July 6, 1415. Nevertheless, Hus’s death did not quell the popular movement that he started in the Czech Kingdom. On the...

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