Professor Dr Thomas A Fudge

Professor - Faculty of Humanities, Arts, Social Sciences and Education; School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences

Thomas A Fudge

Phone: +61 2 6773 2584



Professor Thomas A Fudge undertook his research leading to a PhD in medieval history under the direction of R.W. (Bob) Scribner at Cambridge where he wrote on the subject "Myth, Heresy and Propaganda in the Radical Hussite Movement, 1409–1437". He has worked in many monastic libraries, in archives in eastern and central Europe, and in some of the world's great academic libraries such as the Bodley in Oxford, Harvard, and the Vatican. He is one of the founders of the biennial conference The Bohemian Reformation and Religious Practice which also publishes a journal by the same name. Ten volumes have appeared to date.  Prior to taking up his appointment at UNE in 2012, he taught at Warner Pacific College (Portland Oregon), Clark College (Vancouver), the University of Canterbury (Christchurch, New Zealand) and in the Texas prison system. Appointed to a university professorial chair in 2003.  He has held ten contestable research grants in the past twenty years. Dr Fudge serves as the Plagiarism and Academic Misconduct Officer for the School of Humanities.


PhD (Medieval History) Cambridge University, PhD (Theology) Otago University, Master of Divinity - The Iliff School of Theology, BA Warner Pacific College

Teaching Areas

Professor Fudge is the coordinator for HIST111 Medieval Europe, HIST303 Witch Hunting, 1400-1700, HIST308/508 Crusader Europe, 1095-1453, HIST309 Heretics and Dissenters in Medieval Europe, 1000-1500 and HIST507 Power and Propaganda in the European Reformations. He is interested in the history of Christianity, especially in the medieval and reformation periods in general, though he has taught early and modern Christianity. He would welcome enquiries from students keen to undertake specific research within those broad areas or those interested in areas relating to his research fields enumerated below.

Research Interests

Professor Thomas A Fudge is an historian of Christianity with particular interests in the European medieval and reformation periods. Within that frame of reference, he is especially interested in heresy, deviance, crusades, witch hunting, law, theology, movements of reform, Martin Luther, iconography, and alternative ways of understanding medieval history. He is a specialist on Jan Hus and Hussite history, having written ten books on those subjects, the latest has appeared under the Oxford University Press imprint. His current research is on the Crusade Against Hussites and the Connections Between Hussite history and the Reformation. He also has interests in nineteenth and twentieth-century American religious history, especially Pentecostalism, and modern manifestations of witch-hunting.



Jan Hus between Time and Eternity: Reconsidering a Medieval Heretic, Lanham MD: Lexington Books, 2016, 299pp.

Jerome of Prague and the Foundations of the Hussite Movement, New York: Oxford University Press 2016, 395pp.

Hieronymus von Prag und die Grundlagen der hussitischen Bewegung, Münster: Aschendorff Verlag, 2017, in process.

Living with Jan Hus: A Modern Journey Across a Medieval Landscape, Portland, OR: Center for Christian Studies, 2015, 167pp.

Medieval Religion and its Anxieties: History and Mystery in the Other Middle Ages, New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016, 300pp.

Heresy and Hussites in Late Medieval Europe. Aldershot: Ashgate, 2014, 432pp.

The Trial of Jan Hus: Medieval Heresy and Criminal Procedure, New York: Oxford University Press, 2013, 415pp.

The Memory and Motivation of Jan Hus, Medieval Priest and Martyr, Turnhout: Brepols, 2013, 304pp.

Jan Hus: Religious Reform and Social Revolution in Bohemia, London and New York: I.B. Tauris Publishers, 2010, 387pp.

Christianity Without the Cross: A History of Salvation in Oneness Pentecostalism, Parkland, Florida: Universal Publishers, 2003, 402pp.

Daniel Warner and the Paradox of Religious Democracy in Nineteenth–Century America, Lewiston, NY: Edwin Mellen Press, 1998, 397pp.

The Crusade against Heretics in Bohemia, 1418–1437: Sources and Documents for the Hussite Crusades, Aldershot: Ashgate, 2002, 439pp.

The Magnificent Ride: The First Reformation in Hussite Bohemia, Aldershot: Ashgate, 1998, 327pp.

Heretics and Politics: Theology, Power and Perception in the Last Days of CBC, Washougal, WA: Hewitt Research Foundation, 2014, 526 pp.

Edited Books

Jan Hus in History and Legacy, 1415-2015. Special issue of Kosmas: Czechoslovak and Central European Journal, vol. 28 (No. 2, 2015), 210pp.

Chapters in Books

“Whose Hus? Confronting the Challenges of Interpreting Jan Hus after 600 Years.” In Jan Hus 1415 a 600 let poté. Eds, Jakoub Smrčka and Zdeněk Vybíral. [Husitský tabor, supplementum 4]. Tábor: Husitské Museum v Táboře, 2015, pp. 263-288.

“Martyrdom at the Dawn of the Reformation.” In The Wiley Blackwell Companion to Christian Martyrdom. Ed. Paul Middleton. Hoboken, N.J.: John Wiley & Sons, forthcoming.

"Jan Hus in the Medieval Ecclesiastical Courts" in Political Trials in Theory and History. Eds. Jens Meierhenrich and Devin O. Pendas. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2017, pp. 113-133.

"Listening to Heretics: Hussites among the Fathers," In A Companion to the Council of Basel, Eds. Michiel Decaluwé, Gerald Christianson and Thomas Izbicki. Leiden: Brill, 2017, pp. 254-281.

"O Cursed Judas: Formal Heresy Accusations against Jan Hus," In Religion, Power and Resistance from the Eleventh to the Sixteenth Centuries: Playing the Heresy Card, Eds, Thomas M. Izbicki, Karen Bollermann, and Cary J. Nederman. New York: Palgrave-Macmillan, 2014, pp. 55-80.

"The One-Eyed Heretic? An Introduction to the Ethics of Jan Hus," In Contributions of Czechs and Slovaks to Science and Technology in the 21st Century, Eds. Zdeněk V. David and Karel Raska, Jr. New York: The Publishing House of the Czech and Slovak Society of Arts and Sciences, 2011, pp. 56-70.

"Heresy and the Question of Hussites in the Southern Netherlands (1411–1431)," In Campin in Context: Peinture et société dans la vallée de l'Escaut à l'époque de Robert Campin 1375–1445, Eds., Ludovic Nys and Dominique Vanwijnsberghe. Valenciennes-Brussels-Tournai: Presses universitaires de Valenciennes, 2007, pp. 73–88.

"The First Reformation in Hussite Bohemia," In Contesting Christendom: Readings in Medieval Religion and Culture, Ed., James L. Halverson. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2007, pp. 227-34.

"Seduced by the Theologians: Aeneas Sylvius and the Hussite Heretics," In Heresy in Transition: Transforming Ideas of Heresy in Medieval and Early Modern Europe, Eds., Ian Hunter, John Christian Laursen and Cary J. Nederman, Aldershot: Ashgate, 2005, pp. 89–101.

"An Ass with a Crown: Heresy, Nationalism and Emperor Sigismund", In The Transformation of Czech and Slovak Societies on the Threshold of the New Millennium and their Role in the Global World, Eds. Jan P. Skalny and Miloslav Rechcígl, Jr. Plzeň: Aleš Čeněk, 2004, pp. 199–217.

"Hussite Theology and the Law of God", In The Cambridge Companion to Reformation Theology, Eds., David Steinmetz and David Bagchi, Cambridge and New York: Cambridge University Press, 2004, pp. 22–27.

"Luther and the 'Hussite' Catechism of 1522", In Confessional Identity in East–Central Europe, pp. 31–48. Eds., Maria Crăciun, Ovidiu Ghitta and Graeme Murdock, [St. Andrews Studies in Reformation History], Aldershot: Ashgate, 2002.

"Image Breakers, Image Makers: The Role of Heresy in Divided Christendom", In Christianity in East Central Europe, [Proceedings of the World Congress of the Commission Internationale d'Histoire Ecclésiastique Comparée, Lublin, Poland, 1996], pp. 205–223. Eds., Paweł Kras and Wojciech Polak. Lublin: Instytut Europy Środkowo–Wschodniej, 1999.

"The 'Crown' and the 'Red Gown': Hussite Popular Religion", In Popular Religion in Germany and Central Europe, 1400–1800, pp. 38–57. Eds. Bob Scribner and Trevor Johnson, London: MacMillan, 1996.


“Jan Hus at 600.” Kosmas: Czechoslovak and Central European Journal 28 (No. 2, 2015): 1-7.

“The Secret Life of a Heretic’s Coat: Jan Hus and the Modern Pilgrimage of a ‘Medieval Relic’.” Kosmas: Czechoslovak and Central European Journal 28 (No. 2, 2015): 172-199.

“Jan Hus in English Language Historiography, 1863-2013.” Journal of Moravian History 16 (No. 2, 2016), pp. 90-138.

“Why did the Council of Constance Burn Jan Hus?” Andrews University Seminary Studies, forthcoming.

“Quest of the Historical Hus.” The Hinge: International Theological Dialogue for the Moravian Church, 22 (No.1, 2016), pp. 3-22.

“Hus redivivus: How to be a ‘Hussite’ After 600 Years.” The Hinge: International Theological Dialogue for the Moravian Church, 22 (No.1, 2016), pp.23-42.

'"Monsters of Impiety and Blasphemy:" Aeneas Sylvius and Hussite Heretics at Tábor in 1451', in process.

"The Role of Michael de Causis in the Prosecution of Jan Hus" The Bohemian Reformation and Religious Practice 10 (2015), pp. 103-123.

“Die hussitische Bewegung im spätmittelalterlichen Böhmen” Religion & Gesellschaft in Ost und West 43 (No. 2, 2015),pp. 11-14.

"Jan Hus as the Apocalyptic Witness in John Foxe's History", Communio Viatorum 56 (No.2, 2014), pp. 136-168.

"Václav the Anonymous and Jan Příbram: Textual Laments on the Fate of Religion in Bohemia (1424-1429)," Filosofický časopis, supplementum 3 (2011): 116-133.

"Jan Hus at Calvary: The Text of an Early Fifteenth-Century Passio," Journal of Moravian History 11 (Fall, 2011): 45-81.

"Picturing the Death and Life of Jan Hus in the Iconography of Early Modern Europe," Kosmas: Czechoslovak and Central European Journal 23 (No. 1, 2009): 1-18.

"Prokop in the Bath: Some Observations on the Liber diurnus de gestis Bohemorum in Concilio Basileensi", Filosofický časopis, supplementum 1 (2009): 139-155.

"Saints, Sinners and Stupid Asses: The Place of Faith in Luther's Doctrine of Salvation," Communio Viatorum 50 (No. 3, 2008): 231–256.

"Želivský's Head: Memory and New Martyrs Among the Hussites," In The Bohemian Reformation and Religious Practice, volume 6, 2007, pp. 111-132.

"Traditions and Trajectories in the Historiography of European Witch Hunting", History Compass 4 (No. 3, 2006): 488–527.

"'More Glory Than Blood': Murder and Martyrdom in the Hussite Crusades," In The Bohemian Reformation and Religious Practice, volume 5, 2004, pp. 117–137.

"Obrana 'Kacířství': Teoretické pojednámí" [Defending Heresy: A Theoretical Elaboration], Medievalia Historica Bohemica 9 (2003): 295–314, In Czech.

"Incest and Lust in Luther's Marriage: Theology and Morality in Reformation Polemics", Sixteenth–Century Journal 34 (No.2, 2003): 319–45.

"Žižka's Drum: The Political Uses of Popular Religion," Central European History 36 (No. 4, 2003): 546–69.

"Concepts of Salvation in the Western Church to the Sixteenth Century", Communio Viatorum 45 (2003): 217–247.

"The Fate of Joel Hayward in New Zealand Hands: From holocaust historian to holocaust," History Now Te Pae Tawhito o te Wā 9 (No. 2, May, 2003): 12–21.

"Did E. N. Bell convert to the 'New Issue' in 1915?" Journal of Pentecostal Theology 18 (April, 2001): 122–140.

"'Feel This!' Jan Hus and the Preaching of Reformation", In The Bohemian Reformation and Religious Practice, volume 4, 2002, pp. 107–26.

"To Build a Fire: Jan Hus, the Incendiary Preacher of Prague",  Christian History 68 (No.4, 2000): 10–18.

"Crime, Punishment and Pacifism in the Thought of Bishop Mikuláš of Pelhřimov", In The Bohemian Reformation and Religious Practice, volume 3, pp. 69–103. Eds., David R. Holeton and Zdeněk V. David, Prague: Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, 2000.

"Proclamation, Postils, Preaching: The Key to Understanding Milíč?" Communio Viatorum 41 (No.3, 1999): 276–283.

"'Neither Mine Nor Thine': Communist Experiments in Hussite Bohemia", Canadian Journal of History 33 (April 1998): 25–47.

"'Infoelix Hus': The Rehabilitation of a Medieval Heretic", Fides et Historia 30 (No.1, 1998): 57–73.

"Reform and the Lower Consistory in Prague, 1437–1497", In The Bohemian Reformation and Religious Practice, volume 2, pp. 67–96. Eds., David R. Holeton and Zdeněk V. David, Prague: Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, 1998.

"The "Law of God": Reform and Religious Practice in Late Medieval Bohemia", In The Bohemian Reformation and Religious Practice, volume 1, pp. 49–72. Ed. David R. Holeton, Prague: Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, 1996.

"Icarus of Basel? Oecolampadius and the Early Swiss Reformation", Journal of Religious History 21 (October 1997): 268–284.

"Visual Heresy and Popular Religion in Early Modern Europe", History Now Te Pae Tawhito o te Wā 3 (May 1997): 1–7.

"Inventing the Origins and Influence of Lollardy", Communio Viatorum 38 (No.2, 1996): 174–184.

"Eucharistic Renewal and Ecclesiastical Reform in Bohemia", Communio Viatorum 38 (No.2, 1996): 185–190.

"'The Shouting Hus': Heresy Appropriated as Propaganda in the Sixteenth Century", Communio Viatorum 38 (No.3, 1996): 197–231.

"Visual Heresy and the Communication of Ideas in the Hussite Reformation", Kosmas: Czechoslovak and Central European Journal 12 (No.1, 1996): 120–151.

"Hussite Infant Communion", Lutheran Quarterly 10 (No.2, 1996): 179–94.

"The Problem of Religious Liberty in Early Modern Bohemia", Communio Viatorum 38 (No.1, 1996): 64–87.

"Bonhoeffer and Gutiérrez: Unlikely Allies in Christian Revolution", Colloquium: The Australian and New Zealand Theological Review 28 (November 1996): 31–49.

"The Night of Antichrist: Popular Culture, Judgment and Revolution in Fifteenth–Century Bohemia", Communio Viatorum 37 (No.1, 1995): 33–45.

"The State of Hussite Historiography", Mediaevistik: Internationale Zeitschrift für Interdisziplinäre Mittelalterforschung 7 (1994): 93–117.

"Art and Propaganda in Hussite Bohemia", Religio. Revue pro religionistiku 1 (No.2, 1993): 135–152.

"'Ansellus dei' and the Bethlehem Chapel in Prague",  Communio Viatorum 35 (No.2 1993): 127–161.

Encyclopedia and Dictionary Articles

"Hussite Crusades (1420-31)" and "Joan of Arc" in The Encyclopedia of War, 6 vols. Ed. Gordon Martel, Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell, 2012, vol. 2, pp. 1042-4 and 1143-6.

"Hussite Wars in Bohemia", in The Literary Encyclopedia, online at, 2011.

"Jan Hus", in The Literary Encyclopedia, online at, 2010.

"Peter Abelard", "Karl Barth", "Jan Hus", "Martin Luther", "Albert Schweitzer", and "John Wyclif". In The Encyclopedia of Christian Literature, 2 vols.  Eds., George Thomas Kurian and James D. Smith, III. Lanham, MD: The Scarecrow Press, Inc., 2010, vol. 1, pp. 167–8, 202–3; vol. 2, 378–9, 439–40, 554–5 and 651–2.

"John of Rokycan," In The Oxford Dictionary of the Middle Ages, 4 vols. Ed. Robert E. Bjork, New York and Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010, vol. 4, p. 1419.

"Hussites", In Europe 1450–1789: Encyclopedia of the Early Modern World, 6 vols. Ed. Jonathan Dewald, New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 2004, vol. 3, pp. 235-7.

"Jan Hus", In Dictionary of Biblical Interpretation, 2 vols. Ed. John H. Hayes, Nashville: Abingdon Press, 1999, vol. 1, pp. 530-1.

"Il predicatore di Jan Hus e il predicatore di John Wyclif", In Dizionario de Omiletica, Eds., Manlio Sodi and Achille M. Triacca, Turin: Editrice Elle Di Ci; Bergamo: Editrice Velar spa, 1998, pp. 684-8 and pp. 1685-8.

"Jan Hus", In The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Reformation, 4 vols. Ed. Hans J. Hillerbrand, Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 1996, vol. 2, pp. 276-8.