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Jan Amos Comenius

komensky) (1592-1670. Bohemian educational reformer. Born in E Moravia, Comenius was educated at the Latin school in Prerov and at the Herborn Academy in Nassau, and later studied theology at Heidelberg. On his return he was ordained priest of the Unity of Brethren ([[Unitas Fratrum]]), and in 1618 became pastor at Fulnek. On the outbreak of the Thirty Years' War, Fulnek was invaded (1621) and Comenius sought refuge with his coreligionist Lord Charles the Elder of Zerotín in E Bohemia. The wife and two children of Comenius died in a plague.