Defenestrations and God's Warriors
By Kevin Stoda
Note: You are encouraged to observe the themes of music, art, reenactment, documentary at the end of this reminiscence about man's acceptance, glorification, and support of acts of violence in memory at the end, i.e. where YouTube readily provides such a collection of linked ideas. Usually, good ideals are chosen but a bad means of acting is also chosen--leading to wars and endless violence.
REMISCING of SPREAD of COMMON NARRATIONS of Heroism/Violence
I was reading up on the history of multicultural Europe this weekend. The text I was reading was a summary of the recent centuries within what is now known as the Czech Republic. Prague is the capital and was where the 30-Years War was kicked off when two bodies went flying out the windows to their deaths far below. The event occurred on May 23, 1618.
At that time, Prag and surrounding Czech, Sorbian, Slovak, and German communities were dominated by the Habsburg family. The Hapsburg's seat of Empire was in Vienna and their power-laden marriages had already long allied them with families across Europe and into the Americas. The Habsburg, being strong Catholics and supporters of Inquisition in parts of the Old continent, had decided around 1617 to close down protestant chapels in many places under their dominance, such as in the Czech towns of Broumov and Hrob.
Bohemian resistance was allowed to boil over quickly because this action by the younger Habsburgs clearly violated "the guarantees of religious liberty laid down in the Letter of Majesty (MajestÃ¤tsbrief) of Emperor Rudolf II (1609)."
"In response, the defensors, appointed under the Letter of Majesty to safeguard Protestant rights, called an assembly of Protestants at Prague, where the imperial regents, William Slavata and Jaroslav Martinic, were tried and found guilty of violating the" agreement between people and the late Emperor and subordinates. The two were unceremoniously tossed out the window of the meeting place to hundreds of meters below.
DEFENESTRATIONS IN PRAGUE