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.

The Hussite Wars had a lasting effect on Bohemia and the surrounding area, not least of which was the succession to the throne. King Wenceslas (Vaclav) IV died in 1419, leaving the throne open. As Wenceslas had no children, his brother Sigismund, King of Hungary, King of Croatia, and King of the Romans, claimed the throne. The Bohemians, however, were still outraged that Jan Hus, the leader of the Hussites, had been guaranteed safe passage to the Council of Constance by Sigismund, only to be tried as a heretic and burned at the stake in 1415. (In all fairness to Sigismund, he was not in Constance when Hus was executed, and he protested when the reformer was imprisoned.) Given thatRead more.