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Nov 26, 2014

Six hundred years ago Anti-Pope John XXIII called the Council of Constance. It was an ecumenical council recognized by the Roman Catholic Church and began in November 1414. The main purpose of the Council was to end the Western Schism. In 1414 three Popes ruled the Catholic Church, Anti-Popes John XXIII and Benedict XIII and Pope Gregory XII. There were two other issues the Council addressed as well. The heretics John Wyclif and Jan Hus and the Lithuania-Teutonic Knight conflict. The Council of Constance lasted three and a half years and completed two of its objectives, while only partially addressing the third. At the end of the Council a new Pope would stand at the Head of the Catholic Church and the heretics were repressed and burned! The Lithuania-Teutonic Knight conflict would take a little longer to settle. Join us today as we look at the Western Schism and the lead up to the Council of Constance. We'll also look at the Council's actions regarding the heretics and the Teutonic Knights. Please send any comments or suggestions to If you are enjoying the podcast please considering leaving a rating on iTunes. Rate the Medieval Archives Podcast now! Listen to the episode now In this episode we discuss: Western Schism Heretics and Jan Hus Poland-Lithuania-Tuetonic Knight dispute And more... Get your free audio book from at: Download the MP3 and listen to it on your favorite MP3 player. Subscribe to the feed so you do not miss a single episode. iTunes | Stitcher Radio | Download MP3 | RSS Feed The music was provided by Tim Rayburn. It is available at