Re: Bohemian Adamites/the French connection
- Rosanne writes...
> your reference to this 'French preacher' Rohan ... I've notIt makes sense - I don't think that Rohan is a Slavic name... Moreover, it
> heard that angle before.
was characteristic of the group that anyone could become a preacher, so
take "preacher" as a description rather than as a definition of his
profession. This removes any contradiction with his being a blacksmith.
> I have come across another French (or is it Flemish?)There's also the fact that 'Beghard' is a corruption of 'Picard' - and
Picardy is of course in what is now northern France.
> (Have you by any chance read the full Laurence of B account?)Nope, this is all much to late to be of huge interest to me! Personally I
find the early period (up to around the 12th century) much more
> According to what I've gleaned: they were apparently someThis agrees with what I posted, too.
> kind of Free Spirit sect that denied the divinity of Christ,
> Anyway, the group of refugees in Prague apparently didThere were various reasons for this, I suspect, some of which would have
> get a lot of interest from other locals
been specific to the behaviour of the nobility towards the peasantry in
Bohemia, some of which more general. My mind keeps getting stuck on the
flagellants, many of whom held similar beliefs and who were greeted with
apparent enthusiasm across much of Europe... or was it simply that the
medieval peasant was a bit short on entertainment, and there people
wandering around naked or beating themselves bloody attracted followings
for this reason? (*grin* that line should get a reaction...)
> (did some of them learn Czech, or communicate inCzech or German, I would imagine... Latin would have been the preserve of
> another language, say Latin or German?).
the well-educated, i.e. the Church and Church-educated.
> Thing is, none of the historians I've read seem to knowBetween the Catholics and those Hussites who felt that they were just TOO
> what happened to these people later.
radical, I would imagine that they were wiped out or driven severely
underground... hence the lack of later reports.
> Anyway, there's more to go into, but I'll do another email.Great :-)
> I'll reply off-list about meeting up in Prague...
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