Nicholas of Leitomysl

Nicholas Of Leitomysl (or Leitomischi), one of the warm advocates of the Hussite movement, flourished as master at the University of Prague near the opening of the 15th century. In the memorable university meeting held on May 28, 1403, to examine the forty-five propositions ascribed to Wickliffe (q.v.), master Nicholas most enthusiastically and ably argued in behalf of the Bohemian party for the English theologian.

He declared that the propositions incorrectly represent Wickliffe, and branded these articles as having been falsified by a certain master Hubner, who more richly deserved to be burned than the two poor fellows who had been burned for counterfeiting saffron (an herb much sought for and used in those times). Huss himself, also, while he would not at the time agree to the unconditional acceptance of all the propositions, declared them at this time, and ever afterwards, as having been tampered with and interpolated by master Hubner. Nicholas remained steadfast to the cause of these anteReformers, and was much esteemed for the service he rendered to Christian truth, and as an example of holy living. He was called by Huss "the most sagacious counsellor" (Mon. Hussi, 2:42). See Neander, Ch. Hist. v. 246; Gillett, Life and Times of John Buss, 1:38.

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