Jan Hus from the Perspective of 16th Century Reformation

  • Piotr Jaskóła University of Opole, Faculty of Theology
Keywords: Jan Hus; Martin Luther; Church; Council of Constance; Reformation; ecumenical; Pope


The article presents Jan Hus, Czech reformer burnt at a stake during the Council of Constance in 1415. 600th anniversary of his death as a martyr and the context of the 500th anniversary of Reformation causes interest of this distinctive figure. In the views and postulates of Jan Hus many historians of Christianity as well as theologians are likely to see the prediction of Reformation initiated by Martin Luther in 1517. In three points first there was shown the context, which enabled Luther to state “We are the Hussites – all of us” (1), then there was shown the image of Jan Hus as depicted in various post-reformation writs (2), of such authors as Matthias Flacius Illyricus, Ludwig Rabus and John Fox. The article sums up some final evaluations and conclusions.


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