HUSSITES, the name given to the followers of John Huss (1369-1415), the Bohemian reformer.
They were at first often called Wycliffites, as the theological theories of Huss were largely founded on the teachings of Wycliffe.
Huss indeed laid more stress on church reform than on theological controversy.
The Hussite movement assumed a revolutionary character as soon as the news of the death of Huss reached Prague.
The knights and nobles of Bohemia and Moravia, who were in favour of church reform, sent to the council at Constance (September 2nd, 1415) a protest, known as the "protestatio Bohemorum" which condemned the execution of Huss in the strongest language.