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Religious Warfare in Europe 1400-1536

Norman Housley


This book describes and analyzes warfare that sprang from and was driven by religious belief, in the period from the Hussite wars to the first generation of the Reformation. The focus is on a number of key theatres. At times warfare between national communities was shaped by convictions of ‘sacred patriotism’, either in defending God-given land or in the pursuit of messianic programmes abroad. Insurrectionary activity, especially when fuelled by apocalyptic expectations, was a second important type of religious war. In the 1420s and early 1430s the Hussites waged war successfully in defence of ... More

Keywords: warfare, religion, Hussites, reformation, patriotism, messianism, insurrection, apocalypse, frontier, crusade

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780199552283
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199552283.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Norman Housley, author
Professor of History, University of Leicester
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