Tas Cernohorsky z Boskovic

(? 1457 – 1490 Vyškov/Wischau)

Cernohorsky’s family belonged to the Hussite nobility, a pre-Protestant movement that followed the teachings of the Bohemian Reformationist, Jan Hus.  Cernohorsky’s father Benediky (Beneš) converted to Catholicism in 1451, after having miraculously escaped an ambush. In 1446, Cernohorsky began studying in Vienna, then in Pavia and finally Padua.

There he became acquainted with humanism, which in that century dominated the whole of southern and western Europe. This stream of humanism gave his life a completely new character, especially in terms of culture and literature. He committed himself politically to the Catholic party and the advent to the throne of Bohemia of King Matthias Corvinus of Hungary. He died of the plague and was buried in the cathedral of Olomouc.

Tas Cernohorsky z Boskovic