John Hus’s Company of Women

“John Hus, the Bohemian Reformer who was condemned as heretic at the Council of Constance, was supported by a large number of women. This was, in some ways, unusual. The same couldn’t be said, for example, in the case of John Wycliffe, in England. One possible reason was that Hus valued the active role of women in the church more than most medieval theologians. Born into a peasant family around 1372, Hus often mentioned his mother as a source of encouragement in his faith and a Christian example. Even as late as 1413, when Hus faced the worst opposition against him, he confided in his mother, who replied by quoting words of comfort from Psalm 118.”

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