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Fundacje mieszczan księstwa cieszyńskiego na rzecz szpitali w okresie rządów regencyjnych Jana z Pernstejnu (1528-1544) : z badań nad dziejami Kościoła w księstwie cieszyńskim na przełomie średniowiecza i czasów wczesnonowożytnych
Średniowiecze Polskie i Powszechne, T. 4 (2007), s. 245-253
There is an opinion functioning in the literature on the subject that Reformation in the Duchy
of Cieszyn began at the beginning of the twenties of 16th century, which was soon after Martin
Luter’s speech. Referring to this opinion, it had to be emphasised that until 1543, when the last
donation to hospitals in the Duchy o f Cieszyn was registered, all the donations which referred to
Altarists were treated by both parties (donors and beneficiaries) as life-long irrevocable trusts.
It has to be mentioned that catholic priests were treated as rightful members of the community
of the Duchy of Cieszyn. We cannot trace any signs of hostility typical for the times of Reformation.
On the basis of the above information, at least in the light o f the discussed in the article
donations to hospitals in the Duchy of Cieszyn we claim that opinion about Reformation
beginning in the Duchy of Cieszyn thanks to the protector of the princess Anna and Jan from
Pernstejn, coregents governing the Duchy after the death o f Wacław II might be discarded. It did
not happened until Wacław III Adam assumed independent reign.