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5 In Search of Continuity: Czech Nobles’ Conceptions

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Czech nobles who remained Catholic or switched sides during the Hussite Reformation and Revolution adhered to and employed the same concepts regarding their understanding of their relationship to the Czech kingdom as the Hussite Czech nobles. Fourteenth-century reform movements never received the ire of the Church, but they were certainly outside the boundaries of orthodox Catholicism. Some Czech nobles continued to skate along and cross that blurry line between orthodoxy and heresy even after Hussitism was rejected by the Church at the Council of Constance. Šmahel's summary of the resolutions of the Diet of Čáslav joins together his two narratives: one about Sigismund's attempts to hurdle the additional problems the diet caused him, namely, that the Bohemian throne was thrown open to other candidates, in already complicated international and imperial politics, the other about Prague's role in consolidating power within the Bohemian kingdom.

Keywords: Čáslav; Šmahel; Bohemian throne; Czech nobles; Fourteenth-century reform movements; Hussite Reformation; orthodox Catholicism; Sigismund

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