"Warrior of God" conquered Chicago

3-4 2010 Kultura English
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On February 26, 2010 the Consulate General of the Czech Republic in Chicago supported by British Casemate Publishing featured writer Dr. Victor Verney and his book "Warrior of God: Jan Zizka and the Hussite Revolution" about a formidable figure of the Czech military and political history of 14-15 century. The lecture by Dr. Verney mainly focused on socio-political perspective of the Hussite tradition in the context of Czech and European history and specific contribution of Zizka and the Hussites in the development of warfare. 80 guests, mainly Czech-American compatriots and academicians attended the lecture that triggered interest and vivid debate followed by author's book signing session.

The book "Warrior of God: Jan Zizka and the Hussite Revolution"

According to its author, his new book is the first monography on Zizka in more than 50 years. Jan Zizka (1370-1424) was a formidable figure whose life and military career was set amidst the whirlwind of monumental revolutions - military, religious, political and social - that engulfed medieval Europe in the 14th and 15th centuries. The leader of Bohemia's Hussite Revolution -- the first of the religious wars during the Protestant Reformation - he was a forward-thinking military genius whose record is virtually unmatched: he never lost a battle, despite being completely blind for much of his later career. Fielding a peasant militia, initially untrained and unequipped, Zizka faced down the Holy Roman Empire's huge professional army of armored knights. Among his numerous innovations was the armored wagon fitted with small cannons and muskets, presaging the modern tank. Yet remarkably, beyond Central Europe, he is little- known. In his book Dr. Verney combines authoritative analysis with colorful anecdotes to reveal the incredible exploits of this military genius and the fascinating cast of characters around him.

About Dr. Victor Verney

The grandson of Slovak and Greek immigrants, grew up in Buffalo, New York. After serving four years in the U.S. Navy (and a brief stint as a semi-pro jazz pianist), he earned a graduate degree in American literature at the State University of New York at Buffalo, writing his doctoral dissertation under the direction of the late Leslie Fiedler, renowned literary critic and author. A former college professor and newspaper editor, Dr. Verney is now a full-time writer residing in Des Moines, Iowa. His Web site is http://verney.us.

For more information and to order the book you can contact Dr. Victor Verney, 805 45th St., West Des Moines, IA 50265, verney@juno.com or Tara Lichterman at +1 610 853 9131, tara.lichterman@casematepublishing.com. Price: $39.99.

Frantisek Gal
Deputy Consul General
Consulate General of the
Czech Republic in Chicago
+1 312 861 1037
frantisek_gal@mzv.cz

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