“Peculiar Lives” – Finding Heretics in Medieval Bohemia Seminar

Published 21 May 2014

HereticsDid heretics really exist or were they essentially a construct by medieval authorities? This will be the subject of a research seminar presented by Dr Thomas A. Fudge on Friday 23 May at the University of New England.

In the past generation, scholars have shown that certain kinds of heretics existed only in the minds of some people while other experts have concluded we cannot know if heresy existed or if inquisitorial procedures were widely used.

Taking into account recent discoveries in central European archives I ask the question about what we really know about intellectual deviance, social and religious dissent, and the work of heresy hunters in late medieval Bohemia. Hidden away in plain sight in medieval archives and religious houses are valuable clues shedding light on the “heretics” lurking in the shadows of the past.

Dr Thomas Fudge lectures in Humanities at UNE. He is an historian of Christianity in the European medieval and reformation periods. He is especially interested in heresy, deviance, crusades, witch hunting, law,theology, reform movements, Martin Luther, iconography, and alternative ways of understanding medieval history. He is a specialist on Jan Hus and Hussite history, having written six books on those subjects. His current research is on medieval heresy in the later Middle Ages.

The Seminar will take place on Friday 23 May at 9:30-10:30am in Arts Lecture Theatre A3 and will be followed by morning tea. All are welcome to attend.

Enquiries to: Karin von Strokirch – kvonstro@une.edu.au