The study of Protestant spirituality in the early modern period has generally focused on Puritans and Pietists. The tradition of the Slavic Reformation thatculminated with John Amos Comenius has been largely ignored. This volume seeks to redress this imbalance by introducing Comenius's neglected masterpiece, The Labyrinth of the World, to a broader audience.
Though better known as the father of modern education, Comenius was a pastore and spiritual leader of the Bohemian Brethren, a Czech Protestant group inspired by the Hussite movement of the 15th century. The Labyrinth, an allegory of the spiritual journey int he style of Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress, represents the culmination of his literary accomplishments. The work was written against the backdrop of the calamitous Thirty Years' War and Comenius's profound personal suferings. His satirical castigation of the world's false ambitions and values is paralleled by a deep yearning for understanding and experience of life with God.