Jean Hus, Constantiensia

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Jean Hus, Constantiensia, éd. Helena Krmíčková, Turnhout, 2016.

Éditeur : Brepols
Collection : Corpus Christianorum Continuatio Mediaevalis (CCCM 274)
XCII-350 pages
ISBN : 978-2-503-55469-3
255 €

This volume comprises treatises that were written in the last months of the life of the Bohemian reformer John Hus. These treatises were written shortly before his departure for Constance as well as during his stay and imprisonment there. While still in Bohemia, Hus wrote the following treatises for his anticipated appearance before the council: the Sermo de pace, dealing with his concept of peace and emphasizing the peace of God, the De sufficiencia legis Cristi on the superiority of the law of Christ, and the De fidei sue elucidacione explaining the foundations of his faith. Shortly before his imprisonment in Constance, he composed the De sanguine Cristi sub specie vini where he gave his opinion on the problem of the communion of the laity under both species. The treatises Deposiciones testium, Responsiones ad articulos Wiclef, and Responsiones ad articulos Palecz contain Hus's answers to the accusations raised by the prosecution in Constance. For those who imprisoned him, Hus wrote seven shorter tracts of catechetical nature (De mandatis Domini, De peccato mortali, De cognicione et dileccione Dei, De tribus hostibus hominis, De penitencia, De matrimonio, De sacramento corporis et sanguinis Domini), generally referred to as the Constance tracts. His last treatise, the Responsum ultimum, brings Hus's answers to the articles excerpted from his pivotal treatises De ecclesia.

John Hus (ca. 1371–1414), the leading representative of the Bohemian reformation, was professor of the University of Prague. Under the influence of Wyclif, he sharply criticized the failings of the Church. Hus had conflicts with ecclesiastical and secular powers and planned to defend his teachings at the Council of Constance, where he was condemned and burnt at the stake. His death gave rise to the Hussite movement. He left a rich literary legacy.



Source : Brepols