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Latin Literacy in Medieval Hungary

Elod Nemerkenyi

in Medieval Studies

ISBN: 9780195396584
Published online December 2010 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/obo/9780195396584-0058
Latin Literacy in Medieval Hungary

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The study of Latin literacy in medieval Hungary is at the crossroads of philology and history—as is any other field of study related to medieval Latin. Given the influence of classical, patristic, and early medieval texts on the formation of Latin literacy in medieval Hungary, one has to address various branches of scholarship and adjust to their traditional methods. Latin, being the major language of written communication in the medieval kingdom of Hungary (1000–1526), manifested itself in a wide range of genres as well as social and institutional circumstances. In addition to the use of dictionaries of medieval Latin, manuscripts, codex fragments, source collections, and translations, the overviews of the subject provide an insight into these circumstances where cathedral schools played a significant role. The Admonitions of King Saint Stephen of Hungary and the Deliberatio of Bishop Saint Gerard of Csanád are important examples from the formative stages of Latin literacy, as well as the genres of hagiography, historiography, laws, and charters.

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Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500) ; Literary Studies (Early and Medieval) ; Medieval and Renaissance Philosophy ; Byzantine and Medieval Art (500 CE to 1400) ; Anglo-Saxon and Medieval Archaeology

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