"Dissidence from Hus to Havel" - Part I

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    The Lutheran Journal, Vol. 60, #1, 1991 - Erwin Weber

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It is commonly believed the Reformation in Europe began on October 31, 1517, when Martin Luther posted the 95 theses on the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg. However, that was not the beginning, but rather a continuation of a reformation, which had begun approximately two centuries earlier with the reign of the Holy Roman Emperor, Charles IV.

This article concentrates on the reign of Charles IV and some of the early reformers of the medieval Church such as Conrad Waldhauser, Milik, the father of the Czech Reformation, Janov, a student of Milik, John Hus, the most important early Reformer of the early Church, a century before Martin Luther arrived on the scene, and John Wyclif, whose teachings Jerome of Prague brought back to Prague University. Jerome had studied under Wyclif at Oxford University in England.