Conflict after Compromise

The third international conference of the EXPRO project took place in Prague on 11-12 November 2021 under the title “Conflict after Compromise: Regulating Tensions in Multi-Confessional Societies in the Fifteenth Century”.

During the hybrid event, twelve on-site and three online papers were read by participants from Czech Republic, Lithuania, France, Germany Croatia, Romania, and Switzerland. During the conference, six researchers from the EXPRO project presented their research and delivered a paper.

Dušan Coufal (CMS) explores the importance of a privilege granted by Emperor Sigismund in the polemic view of the Viennese professor of theology Thomas Ebendorfer of Haselbach. The contribution of Václav Žůrek (CMS) examines the public debate surrounding the royal election of the George of Poděbrady and traces the debate over the suitability of the candidate, especially from the confessional point of view. Adam Pálka (CMS) presents the reception of the crucial point of Compactata of Basel, i.e. the Communion in Both Kinds in later debates. Přemek Bar (MU Brno) traces the evolution in both sides’ perception of the length conflict between the Teutonic Order and Lithuanian Dukes and its potential solution attempts. Robert Novotný (CMS) traces the context in which the confession appeared as an argument in public discourse in Post-Hussite Bohemia and explores which the main actors tried to use it in the prevention of the reunification of a divided society. Heinrich Speich (MU Brno) presents the complex late-medieval system of contracts and alliances (so-called combourgeoisies) among catholic monasteries under the control of protestant city-states which have become a stable political element and endured even after the Reformation.

As part of the conference program, John Tolan delivered a public lecture at the faculty of philosophy on The Basel Qur’an, 15th-16th centuries.