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Hus, John (c.1371–1415)

  1. Alvin J. Schmidt

Published Online: 25 NOV 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9780470670606.wbecc0682

The Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization

How to Cite

Schmidt, A. J. 2011. Hus, John (c.1371–1415). The Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization. .

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 25 NOV 2011


John Hus was born of Czech (Bohemian) parents relatively close to Prague around 1371. In 1400 he was ordained as a priest, and in 1401 he became dean of the philosophy faculty. In 1409, he became rector of the University of Prague. He also held an appointment as preacher at the “Bethlehem Chapel” in Prague, where he preached in the Czech language, a language into which he also wanted the Bible translated.


  • hus, john (c.1371–1415);
  • preacher at the “bethlehem chapel” in prague;
  • questioning existence of papal office;
  • hus, executed as a heretic, as defense of the papacy