Thursday, July 30, 2020

The First Defenestration of Prague

The First Defenestration of Prague

Today is the anniversary of the First Defenestration of Prague, an event that took place in 1419 in the midst of the Hussite rebellion.  When a march of the Hussites was met (it is alleged) by a rock thrown from the city hall, the building was stormed, and seven members of the towns leadership were tossed from the windows to their respective deaths.  The Hussite Wars, which lasted until 1436, would as a direct result follow.

         Why the “First” defenestration?; there were also the Second (1483) and the Third (1618).    

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