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Revolt From Within

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By the time Job Vener rose to prominence at the Council of Constance, reformers within the orders had worked for decades to establish key enclaves of reform in central Europe. By 1400 Giovanni Dominici had established with his followers a network of Dominican Observant houses across northeastern and central Italy. Some scholars have begun to work toward more complex accounts of reform ideologies of community, however, by devoting attention to its specific settings. This chapter offers its own account of the formation of another distinct Observant discourse of reformed community. It explains how reformers in the orders, working both within and beyond the Council of Constance, authored tracts of various lengths that attacked propertied religious of every order, prelates and subjects, men and women alike. The radical expressions of the communal impulse have drawn much scholarly attention, whether in fifteenth century Bohemia or in the revolts of the early Reformation.

Keywords: Dominican Observant houses; fifteenth century Bohemia; Job Vener; reformed community



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