Joan of Arc's 'Letter to the English', footnote 7

We know that she had a desire to take part in the planned crusade against the Hussites (followers of Jan Hus), as made abundantly clear in a letter on 23 March 1430 in which she threatened to lead a crusading army against the group unless they returned to, quote, "the Catholic faith and the original Light", accusing them of having "ruined the true faith and worship, and embraced a disgraceful and unlawful superstition."
Jan Hus was a "proto-Protestant" or "radical Catholic" leader, burned at the stake in 1415, whose adherents gained support from the Czech nobility and maintained themselves for over a decade in wars against the Church and the Holy Roman Empire.


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