The Defenestrations of Prague

Engraving of the Second Defenestration of Prague by Matthaeum Merian (1593-1650). Public domain

“Defenestrate” just means “to throw out of a window.” And apart from sounding like the punch line to a joke about Daleks … there has been a surprising amount of defenestration in Czech history. And almost all of it has been connected religious wars.

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Topics in this Podcast: warfare, Prague, 17th century, 15th Century