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Feb 17, 2010 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM

"Jan Zizka, Past and Present: Military Genius, Cultural Icon"

Book reading and presentation by author Victor Verney at the Czech Center New York.


Victor Verney



Jan Žižka and the Hussite Revolution


Wednesday, February 17 at 7pm


Czech Center NY at the Bohemian National Hall
321 East 73rd Street, mezi 1st a 2nd Avenue
New York, NY 10021

Book reading and presentation by author Victor Verney at the Czech Center New York.


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 recent book "Warrior of God: Jan Zizka and the Hussite Revolution," 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.


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. 

More information http://verney.us/


The book is available for purchase on http://www.casematepublishing.com/, http://www.amazon.com/, http://www.barnesandnoble.com/ , http://www.borders.com/online/store/Home, and limited amount at the Czech Center NY at the day of the event.  


321 East 73rd Street
NY 10021 New York
United States


Feb 17, 2010 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM


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