Another day, another national holiday—that’s the motto we love! On July 6, Czechs celebrate one of the most controversial priests in their history – Jan Hus.  Let’s discover the faith of Jan Hus and if he has anything to do with geese.  Who is Jan Hus?  The timeline takes us to the early 15th century—the time when Jan Hus made some noise in the church structure and its approaches to spirituality. Quite a controversial yet brave action, assuming the Middle Ages period.  Jan Hus was a Czech theologian and philosopher who later became a church reformer and an inspiration for the Hussitism movement, the predecessor of Protestantism. People remember him for his fundamental teachings and influence on the Bohemian religiousRead more.

The dollar is a unit of currency not just in the United States, but in Canada and Australia, among other nations. American writer Washington Irving coined the term “the almighty dollar” in the 19th century. Now, the American dollar is one of the most powerful currencies in the world. But where do we get the word? In the Middle Ages, the region of Bohemia (now part of the Czech Republic) was renowned for its silver mines. These mines provided rich material for coins. In 1520, silver from the mine in Jachymov (“Joachimsthal”, in German) began to be used for minting Czech coins. These coins were known as “joachimsthaler”, which was gradually shortened to “thaler”. Since, in most European languages, theRead more.

CONTINUED FROM PART I Having defeated Sigismund’s army and retaken Prague, Zizka was the owner of a small castle near the town of Litomerice. Unlike his contemporaries, Zizka did not seek to own large amounts of property. The castle was the only piece of property he would ever have. Zizka was already missing an eye, lost in an earlier battle. In 1421, while attacking Rabi Castle, he lost his remaining eye. His total blindness, however, did not prevent him from commanding his armies. Towards the end of that very eventful year, he and his followers were camped outside the city of Kutna Hora, valued for its silver mines. Sigismund managed to seize the city, and its inhabitants – mostly GermanRead more.