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IMC 2018: Sessions

Session 1347: The Memory of War in Hungary

Wednesday 4 July 2018, 16.30-18.00

Moderator/Chair:Przemysław Wiszewski, Wydział Nauk Historycznych i Pedagogicznych, Uniwersytet Wrocławski
Paper 1347-a'Cum Teutonicis beluina feritate rugientibus et cum Latinis yrundinum garrulitate murmurantibus': The Concept and Memory of 'Otherness' in the Medieval Hungarian Historiography
(Language: English)
Gábor Bradács, 'Hungary in Medieval Europe' Lendület Research Group (MTA-DE), Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest / Department of History, University of Debrecen
Index terms: Hagiography, Historiography - Medieval, Historiography - Modern Scholarship, Mentalities
Paper 1347-bFrom Zero to Hero: Creative Reports of War Experiences in Medieval Hungary
(Language: English)
Angelika Herucová, Institute of History, Slovak Academy of Sciences, Bratislava
Index terms: Charters and Diplomatics, Historiography - Medieval, Military History
Paper 1347-cReception of the 'Turk' in Later Medieval Hungary
(Language: English)
Attila Bárány, 'Hungary in Medieval Europe' Lendület Research Group (MTA-DE), Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest / Department of History, University of Debrecen
Index terms: Crusades, Daily Life, Military History, Social History

Paper -a:
The chronicles, gestae and the rich hagiographical literature of the medieval Hungary features the abundance of different statements on the concept of nation, nationhood, and foreign nations. The paper discusses the perceptions of the nationhood and its function in the historical narratives written in Hungary between the 11th and early 16th century, focusing on the conceptional background and textual interpretations of the medieval 'natio'. The main theoretical approach of the paper is the analysis of the appearence and memory of the 'nations' (Hungarians and other ethnic communities) in the analysed texts, the classification of the different cultural and political entities on the basis of dichotomies from the point of view of the medieval Hungarian historians (Christian - heathen, warlike - peaceful, friend - hostile etc.), the reflection on the actual and imagined origin of the different nations (with special attention to the 'origines gentis') and the interpretation of the national stereotypes describing (or sometimes depreciating) the different peoples and communities. The paper aims to give a concise overview of the memory of 'nation' in the historical literature of the medieval Hungary.

Paper -b:
It is not uncommon for medieval times to have reports of battles where both sides claim they won. In the 13th-century Hungarian Kingdom there are several examples where the memory of a battle gained higher importance than its actual results. The paper will focus on cases where the author of a source shielded the king from being remembered as a loser, with comparative approach, as well as some, where the not-necessarily-appropriate actions of noblemen were described in a way, that portrayed them as heroes in order to create arguments for them to be rewarded, and viewed as such among their peers, family, and noble society.

Paper -c:
After Kosovo Polje (1389) the threat of Ottoman devastation became appalling for Hungary. The paper investigates how the threat of the Turk led to severe disorder. The menace harshly affected the lives of the people: cities and monasteries were heavily hit, even aristocratic women were taken captive, and military officials resigned their offices or exchanged their southern estates. The shock lead to an arousal of fear, which formulated a memory of the inroads 'with fire and sword', bringing forth constant insecurity in relative peace-time. The image of the Turkish marauder became a lieu de memoire by the 16th century.