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Studies on Early Hungarian and Pontic History

1st Edition

By C.A. Macartney, László Péter


678 pages

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pub: 1999-11-29
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Originally published in 1999. Professor C.A. Macartney was one of the foremost 20th-century authorities on the history of the Danube basin. His life’s work included the re-examination of the sources relating to early Hungarian and Pontic history. This selection of his studies (some of them hardly accessible because they were published in wartime conditions) illuminates one of the dark corners of medieval Europe and tackles controversial questions in the history of the nomadic steppe peoples, such as the Magyars, Pechenegs, Kavars and Cumans. Macartney’s treatment of the earliest Hungarian written sources and their interpretation laid the foundation for his shorter book, The Medieval Hungarian Historians. The present volume brings together for the first time, and indexes, his series of detailed studies on this material; penetrating in both its analysis and scholarship, this work remains indispensable for our understanding of the period and its historiography.

Table of Contents

Contents: The end of the Huns; On the Greek Sources for the History of the Turks in the Sixth Century; The attack on ’Valandar’; On the Black Bulgars; The Petchenegs; The Eastern Auxiliaries of the Magyars; The lives of St Gerard; The composition of the Zágráb and Várad Chronicles and their Relationship to the longer Narrative Chronicles; The Relation between the Narrative Chronicles and other Historical Texts; The Attila Saga, the Hun Chronicle, and T; The Hungarian Texts Relating to the Life of St Stephen; The Interpolations of the Chronicon Posoniense and the Genealogy of Almus in the Chronicon Budense; Unrecognised Components of the Chronicon Budense; The Origin, Structure and Meaning of the Hun Chronicle; The Hungarian National Chronicle; Dlugosz et le Chronicon Budense; The First Historians of Hungary; Index.

About the Series

Variorum Collected Studies

The first title in the Variorum Collected Studies series was published in 1970. Since then well over 1000 titles have appeared in the series, and it has established a well-earned international reputation for the publication of key research across a whole range of subjects within the fields of history.

The history of the medieval world remains central to the series, with Byzantine studies a particular speciality, but the range of titles extends from Hellenistic philosophy and the history of the Roman empire and early Christianity, through the Renaissance and Reformation, up to the 20th century. Islamic Studies forms another major strand as do the histories of science, technology and medicine.

Each title in the Variorum Collected Studies series brings together for the first time a selection of articles by a leading authority on a particular subject. These studies are reprinted from a vast range of learned journals, Festschrifts and conference proceedings. They make available research that is scattered, even inaccessible in all but the largest and most specialized libraries. With a new introduction and index, and often with new notes and previously unpublished material, they constitute an essential resource. 

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BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / General