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“A new interpretation of the Bohemian Revolution of the 16th century Czech Utraquist Church, viewed as a forerunner of modern liberal Catholicism.”—Reference and Research Book News

“Ten years of dedicated research have yielded this impressive study adding considerably to knowledge of Central European religious history.… The book expertly charts the unique development of Utraquist Christianity.”—Catholic Historical Review

“[Finding the Middle Way] redraws the religious map of central Europe.”—R. J. W. Evans, European History Quarterly

“A welcome addition to the English-language literature available on the subject.”—Patrick M. Hayden-Roy, Renaissance Quarterly

“Specialists in late medieval central European developments will profit much from David's synthesis of the interpretations.”—Robert Kolb, Religious Studies Review

“David's research forces historians to reopen a very wide field of questions. And that is not a small accomplishment.”—Marie-Elizabeth Ducreux, Austrian History Yearbook

“This is a much needed book, and it sheds light on the obscure history of the Utraquists during the Protestant Reformation.”—Craig D. Atwood, Journal of Moravian History

“This book represents very important results of original research and a new approach to the problems of international discussion on religious (in)tolerance and intellectual heritage in European history. I am sure that specialists in church history and history of ideas will welcome its publication.”—Jaroslav Pánek, Professor of History, Charles University, and Director, Historical Institute, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic

Chapter List


1. The Travails of the Via Media: Historiography

2. A Prolegomenon: The First Century of Utraquism, 1415–1517

3. Utraquism’s Curious Encounter with Luther

4. Bohuslav Bílejovský and the Geography of Utraquist Ecclesiology

5. Pavel Bydžovský and Utraquism’s Second Confrontation with Luther

6. The Utraquist Consistory, the Archibishop of Prague, and a Brief Honeymoon

7. The Plebianization of Utraquism: The Controversy over the Bohemian Confession of 1575

8. Orthodoxy and Toleration: The Utraquists and the Lutherans, 1575–1609

9. The Utraquists versus the Curia: Liberal or Authoritarian Church, 1575–1609

10. The Curia Tightens the Noose: The Advance of Confessionalization, 1575–1609

11. A Cohabitation of Convenience: The Utraquists and the Lutherans under the Letter of Majesty, 1609–1620

12. White Mountain, 1620: The Transfiguration and the Protean Legacy of Utraquism

Epilogue: The Meaning of the Bohemian Reformation

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