Way before Martin Luther took the steps in reforming the church, he stood on the shoulders of several valiant theologians and church leaders who blazed the trail before Marty was on scene. One major figure was Jan (or Jon) Hus from Prague. Hus dared to question the authority of the pope, and the priesthood in general, but was keenly focused on the common churchgoer. One of his complaints was mass was in Latin and not the spoken languages of the people who were attending church. He was sentenced to death by the Council of Constance and burned at the stake on July 6, 1415. This is a statue dedicated to him in Prague.