Upon joining the Hussite Faction, a Bohemian player sees another choice: does he go with the richer Utraquists, or the Taborites? The Taborites are puritan Hussites, typically drawn from the countryside. To reflect this, the Taborites have better archers (+1 attack) and spearmen (+15 HP), and are seen to be heretics by nature (the Utraquists must research this tech manually). They also get the ability to arm their archers with bracers.
Available to: Bohemia
Researched at: Town Hall
Requires: Hussite Beliefs
The Taborites (Czech Táborité, singular Táborita) were members of a religious community considered heretical by the Catholic Church. The Taborites were centered on the Bohemian city of Tábor,during the Hussite Wars in the 15th century. The religious reform movement in Bohemia splintered into various religious sects. Because the revolution's impetus came from the burning of Jan Hus, for the purpose of simplicity, many writers have put most of these sects under one umbrella term calling them the "Hussites".Economically supported by Tabor's control of local gold mines, the citizens joined local peasants to develop a communist-like society. Taborites announced the Millennium of Christ and declared there would be no more servants and masters.
Taborite theology represented one of the most radical departures from that of the hierarchical medieval church. They rejected the outer veneer of the corrupted church and insisted on the normativeness of biblical authority. Even though Taborite theologians were versed in scholastic theology, they were among the first intellectuals to break free from centuries-old scholastic methods.
Tabor's army was led by Jan Žižka, the Bohemian general who commanded his rag-tag army in defense of Bohemia against the crusading Imperial Army under Emperor Sigismund. Žižka did not believe that all heretics should be slain and often showed clemency to those he defeated. After one battle when his army disobeyed him and killed many prisoners, Žižka ordered the army to pray for forgiveness.
Once the external threat was removed by Hussite victories, the various Hussite factions turned on each other. Finally, the power of the Taborites was broken, after twenty years, with the Battle of Lipany,on May 30, 1434. 13,000 of the 18,000-strong army were killed. In 1437 they signed a treaty with Czech king Sigismund.