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Jan Zizka & Hussite Revolution
Jan Zizka & Hussite Revolution
02.26.2010 - 02.26.2010 06.30 h



We are very proud to invite you to the lecture by writer Victor Verney introducing his book

“Warrior of God: Jan Zizka and

the  Hussite Revolution”

about a formidable figure of the Czech military and political history of 14-15 century. The event is organized by the Czech Consulate in Chicago with the support of Casemate Publishing.   

The book will be available for purchase. The author will be signing the book after the lecture.

February 26, 2010 at 6:30 pm
Consulate General of the Czech Republic in Chicago  

205 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 1680  

Light refreshments and drinks offered by the Czech Consulate.

Due to the limited seating capacity of the room and the security clearance procedures in the Michigan Plaza, please confirm you attendance at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  or phone 312 861 1037, ext. 100

 Who were the Hussites?  

The Hussites were a Christian movement following the teachings of Czech reformer Jan Hus 

c. 1369–1415), who became one of the forerunners of the Protestant Reformation. This

predominantly religious movement was propelled by social issues and strengthened Czech

national awareness.

After the Council of Constance lured Jan Hus in with a letter of indemnity and then put him to

death on 6 July 1415 the Hussites fought a series of wars 1420-1434 for their religious and

political cause.

Among present-day Christians, Hussite traditions are represented in the Moravian, Unity of the

Brethren, and the refounded Czechoslovak Hussite churches.

 The book „Warrior of God: Jan Zizka and the Hussite Revolution"
Jan Zizka (1370-1424) was a formidable figure whose life and military career was se

amidst the whirlwind of monumental revolutions - military, religious, political and social -

that engulfed medieval Europe in the 14th and 15th centuries. The leader of Bohemia's Hussite

Revolution-- the first of the religious wars during the Protestant Reformation -- he was a forward

-thinking military genius whose record is virtually unmatched: he never lost a battle, despite

being completely blind for much of his later career. Fielding a peasant militia, initially untrained

and unequipped, Zizka faced down the Holy Roman Empire's huge professional army of

armored knights. Among his numerous innovations was the armored wagon fitted with

small cannons and muskets, presaging the modern tank. Yet remarkably, beyond Central

Europe, he is little-known. In his recent book "Warrior of God: Jan Zizka and the Hussite

Revolution," Dr. Verney combines authoritative analysis with colorful anecdotes to revea

l the incredible exploits of this military genius and the fascinating cast of characters around him.

 About Dr. Victor Verney

The grandson of Slovak and Greek immigrants, grew up in Buffalo, New York. After serving

four years in the U.S. Navy (and a brief stint as a semi-pro jazz pianist), he earned a graduate

degree in American literature at the State University of New York at Buffalo, writing his doctoral

dissertation under the direction of the late Leslie Fiedler, renowned literary critic and author.

A former college professor and newspaper editor, Dr. Verney is now a full-time writer residing

in Des Moines, Iowa. His Web site is <>

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