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Warrior of God-Jan Zizka & the Hussite Revolution
Title:
Warrior of God-Jan Zizka & the Hussite Revolution
When:
02.17.2010 - 02.17.2010 07.00 h
Where:
Bohemian National Hall (BNH) - New York
Category:
History

Description

Warrior of God

Jan Žižka and the Hussite Revolution


Wednesday, February 17, 7pm

Czech Center New York at the Bohemian National Hall


Book reading and presentation by author Victor Verney at the Czech Center New York.

 

Jan Zizka (1370-1424) was a formidable figure whose life and military career was set 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 reveal the incredible exploits of this military genius and the fascinating cast of characters around him.

 

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. 

More information http://verney.us/

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Venue

Venue:
Bohemian National Hall (BNH)
Street:
321 East 73rd Street
City:
New York
State:
New York
Country:
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