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1 King, Land, Law, and Authority

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The struggle between Sigismund and the Hussites stemmed from the religious reformation, yet theology does not explain fully how the nobles came to the decision to reject Sigismund. The nobles' decision derived from their conception of their relationship to the kingdom, that is, the crown, via law. Focus is on the confluence of legal, political, and religious ideas limited to the time leading up to the beginning at the Hussite wars, because the land court ceased activities by 1419 and Ondřej's lawbook was familiar in a practical and applied sense to the generation of nobles who sat on and ran the court prior to the Hussite Revolution. The Bohemian nobles had the dexterity to reject the heir to their throne only after marshalling the political and legal resources available to those who found themselves in the middle of a religious and political crisis.

Keywords: Bohemian nobles; Hussite revolution; law; Ondřej's law book; political ideas; religious reformation

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