Twelve Articles of Prague

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Twelve Articles of Prague

 

program advanced by the Taborites on Aug. 5. 1420. It expressed the hopes of the urban poor, small-scale artisans, and peasants. The Twelve Articles of Prague demanded that luxury, moral evil, and the like be done away with. A number of articles were directed against the Catholic Church (the abolition of the veneration of holy pictures and payments to priests). The seventh and main article demanded the abolition of “pagan and German law,” by which the Taborites meant the abolition of feudal law and all municipal jurisdiction, and was directed against the patriciate. This was essentially a demand for the revolutionary establishment in Prague of a community of equals, similar to the community of Tabor.

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