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Wyclif’S Fortune In Hussite Bohemia

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John Wyclif lived two lives, one in his native country and the other in Hussite Bohemia. This chapter focuses on the second 'life', the historical importance of which was just as great as the first. Books and ideas followed the movements of students: among them the foremost place was taken by the works of Wyclif. The enthusiastic study of Wyclif 's philosophical tracts as well as the slight knowledge of the reformist-critical contents of his other works hitherto unknown in Prague, led some young radicals to procure them directly at the source. Wyclif 's opponents, supported by the church institutions, did not rely merely on official punishments or condemnations; they also made full use of all the methods of the Wyclifites themselves. Wyclif had become a symbolic figure: not only the incarnation of evil, but also the forefather of reform.

Keywords: church institutions; Hussite Bohemia; John Wyclif; philosophical tracts; Prague

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