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Maces in medieval Transylvania between the thirteenth and the sixteenth centuries

Medieval mace heads have often been ignored by scholars and many artefacts of this type lay unpublished and sometimes unknown in various museums even today.

Delivering stability: Primogeniture and autocratic survival in European monarchies 1000-1800

Although the dominating position of primogeniture at the end of the period might seem natural given primogeniture’s many advantages for the monarch and the ruling elite it was first rather late in history that the principle came to dominate Europe.

Martin Bylica at the Court of Matthias Corvinus: Astrology and Politics in Renaissance Hungary

Late in the spring 1468, Matthias Corvinus convened the Hungarian diet in the city of Pozsony. Holding the diet in Pozsony enabled him to impress the Hungarian nobles with the local intellectual community that had begun to form at his fledgling Academia Istropolitana, which he had founded the previous year.

Braşov (Kronstadt) in the Defence against the Turks (1438–1479)

Confrontation with Ottoman expansion began for Braşov at the end of the 14th century with the treaty with Mircea the Elder in the year 1395 which was part of King Sigismund of Luxembourg’s anti-Ottoman policy and was signed in Braşov.

Salt trade and warfare in early medieval Transylvania

For medieval man, salt was a strategic resource as important as iron and gold.

Vlad Dracula and Coeval Armatura

The famous/infamous European hero, crusader and voivod, Vlad “Tepes” Dracula III (1431-1476), was actually (for better or for worse) one of knightly peers of European Chivalry.

The Black Dragon – Music from the Time of Vlad Dracula

The Black Dragon – Music from the Time of Vlad Dracula Annette Bauer – recorders, voice, percussion, citole, bells Phoebe Jevtovic – voice, bells Shira Kammen – vielle, harp, voice Tim Rayborn – psaltery, percussion ‘ud, citole Tonight, we were delighted that we had a fantastic opportunity to attend a concert by Cançonièr. Cançonièr, “songbook” […]

The Lost Libraries of Transylvania: Some Examples from the 15th and 16th Centuries

The Lost Libraries of Transylvania: Some Examples from the 15th and 16th Centuries By Adinel Dinca Paper given at the 75th IFLA World Library and Information Congress (2009) Abstract: Although books in Latin were used in Transylvania during the Late Middle Ages (c.13 ‐ 15), the collections of the province (all in dire need of […]

Dracula: From Historical Voievod To Vampire Prince

Vlad Dracula was a fifteenth century historical prince in Wallachia, a part of modern day Romania.

Magic in the House Functions of Images on Medieval Stoves Tiles from Transylvania, Moldavia and Walachia

Magic in the House Functions of Images on Medieval Stoves Tiles from Transylvania, Moldavia and Walachia Gruia, Ana Maria Studia Patzinaka, 5, 2007, pp. 7-46 Abstract The idea for this project was inspired by two different observations. First, during my work with stove tiles1 I always had the impression that something remained unsaid, that the […]

An Early XIVth Century Depiction of the Transylvanian Saxon Hospites in the Heidelberger and Dresdener Sachsenspiegel ?

An Early XIVth Century Depiction of the Transylvanian Saxon Hospites in the Heidelberger and Dresdener Sachsenspiegel ? Agrigoroaei, Vladimir and Gruia, Ana-Maria Studia Patzinaka, 4/2007, pp. 123-144 Abstract When picking up Beryl Smalley’s 1974 “Historians in the Middle Ages”, one may carelessly look only at its illustrations. Still, when enjoying not only the fruits of […]

Saint George on Medieval Stove Tiles from Transylvania, Moldavia and Wallachia: An Iconographical Approach

Saint George on Medieval Stove Tiles from Transylvania, Moldavia and Wallachia: An Iconographical Approach Gruia, Ana Maria Studia Patzinaka, 3, 2006, pp. 7-48 Abstract If there is one preferred hero on medieval stove tiles, than that is definitely Saint George. Out of all the hundreds images depicted on stove tiles throughout Central and Eastern Europe, […]

Nations and Denominations in Transylvania (13th – 16th Century)

Nations and Denominations in Transylvania (13th – 16th Century) By Ioan-Aurel Pop Tolerance and Intolerance in Historical Perspective, edited by Csaba Lévai and Vasile Vese (University of Pisa, 2003) Introduction: As a voivodat of the Hungarian Kingdom, Transylvania followed the denominational and political rules of the state. Officially, Hungary was a Western Christian state, Marianic (under the protection of St. […]

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