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Rejecting An Emperor: Hussites And Sigismund

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At the beginning of the Hussite revolution, Hussite religious thought, the politics of the second decade of the fifteenth century, and the nobles' comprehension of Czech law all converged in manifestos sent out by Hussites who wanted to explain their reasons for revolting against their would-be king, Emperor Sigismund Luxemburg. Two manifestos, from 1419 and 1420 and using two different methods but containing very similar themes, provide a window into the Hussites' reasons for rejecting Emperor Sigismund as their king. In the various manifestos from Hussites are explanations for rejecting Sigismund and arguments for more independent, more domestic governance of the kingdom. For example, that Sigismund did not fulfill his obligations in Jan Hus's safe-conduct was one of the objections the Hussites raised against Sigismund as a candidate for the Bohemian throne.

Keywords: Bohemian throne; Czech law; Emperor Sigismund Luxemburg; Hussite



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