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Hilarius of Leitmeritz

Born: ca 1422
Died: 1468
  • Katerina SolcovaEmail author
  • Stanislav SousedikEmail author
Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-02848-4_558-1


Hilarius of Litoměřice was a Czech humanist, philosopher, anti-Hussite theologian and one of the rare supporters of Lullism at that time in Central Europe. Originally a supporter of Hussitism who spread Franciscus de Mayronis’ views presuming that they were close to those of Johann Wycliff’s, he was rejected by the ecclesiastical authorities of that time. During his stay in Padua he acquired several of Raymond Lull’s works which he brought to Bohemia. Under the influence of his Padua stay, he became a devout Catholic and accepted the position of administrator of the Prague Archbishopric. Among his writings, the history of the city Plzeň – Hystoria civitatis Plznensis – is remarkable.


Sixteenth Century Master Degree Humanist Erudition Philosophical Grounding Modern Research 
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Primary Literature

  1. Hilarii Litomericensis S. Ecclesiae Pragensis Decani, Disputatio coram rege Georgio rege Bohemiae per quinque dies habita anno 1465, Pragae 1775; Sousedík, S., Isagoge ad: Francisci Mayronis OFM, Tractatus De esse essentiae et existentiae, in: Studia Neoaristotelica, 2 (2005), No 2, 270–276; Hejnic, J., Polívka, M., Plzeň v husitské revoluci. Hilaria Litoměřického Historie města Plzně, její edice a historický rozbor, Ústav československých a světových dějin ČSAV, Praha 1987 (including the critical edition of Hilarius’ work Hystoria civitatis Plznensis as well as its historical analysis).Google Scholar

Secondary Literature

  1. Urbánek, R., Doba poděbradská I-IV, Praha (1915, 1918, 1930, 1962). Bělohlávek, M.: Nejstarší plzeňská kronika, 1975; Kalista, Z., Die katholische Reform von Hilarius von Leitmeritz bis zum Weissen Berg, in: Bohemia Sacra. Das Christentum in Böhmen 973–1973 (ed. F. Seibt, Düsseldorf, 1974, pp. 110ff.) Sousedík, S.: Philosophie der frühen Neuzeit in den böhmischen Ländern, Stuttgart-Bad Connstatt, 2009, pp. 30–43. Jordan, M., Das Königtum Georgs v. Podiebrad, Leipzig 1861, pp. 116–126.Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Comenius Studies and Early Modern Intellectual HistoryInstitute of Philosophy, Czech Academy of SciencesPragueCzech Republic
  2. 2.Catholic Theological FacultyCharles UniversityPragueCzech Republic