Jan Hus (1369-1415)

Who was he?

Jan Hus was a priest in Bohemia, or today's Czech Republic. He wanted to clean the church and return it to the people. He said that the true head of the church was Jesus Christ. He wanted to stop the corruption among the clergy. He wanted both the Bible and and the mass to be in the common language, not Latin.

His death

Because he was trying to "purify" the church, in 1414 he was arrested because of 'heresy' (which is the belief or opinion opposite of orthodox religious beliefs). On July 6th, 1415, one year later, he was burned at the stake. He was 45 or 46 years old.

Fun Facts

Martin Luther said that he and his followers were "all Hussies without knowing it."

He is also known as John Hus or John Huss.

Hus criticized the wealth of the church and the pope's authority.

He read Wycliffe's writings and agreed with many of his ideas.


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