Medieval Buda in Context

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Medieval Buda in Context discusses the character and development of Buda and its surroundings between the thirteenth and the sixteenth centuries, particularly its role as a royal center and capital city of the medieval Kingdom of Hungary. The twenty-one articles written by Hungarian and international scholars draw on a variety of primary sources: texts, both legal and literary; archaeological discoveries; architectural history; art history; and other studies of material culture. The essays also place Buda in the political, social, cultural and economic context of other contemporary central and eastern European cities. By bringing together the results of research undertaken in recent decades for an English-language readership, this volume offers new insights into urban history and the culture of Europe as a whole.
Contributors are János M. Bak, Zoltán Bencze, Judit Benda, István Draskóczy, Antonín Kalous, István Kenyeres, Gábor Klaniczay, András Kubinyi, József Laszlovszky, Károly Magyar, Balázs Nagy, Szilárd Papp, James Plumtree, Martyn Rady, Valery Rees, Orsolya Réthelyi, Beatrix F. Romhányi, Enikő Spekner, Péter Szabó, Katalin Szende, András Vadas, András Végh, and László Veszprémy.
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Biographical Note

Balázs Nagy is Associate Professor of Medieval History at the Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, and visiting faculty at the Department of Medieval Studies at the Central European University, Budapest. His main research interests are medieval economic and urban history.
Martyn Rady is Masaryk Professor of Central European History at the School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University College London. He was for ten years part of the team that edited and translated the corpus of the laws of medieval Hungary together with János M. Bak.
Katalin Szende is Associate Professor of Medieval Studies at the Central European University, Budapest. Her research concentrates on medieval towns in the Carpathian Basin and Central Europe, with particular regard to society, demography, literacy, everyday life, and topography.
András Vadas is Assistant Professor of Medieval History at the Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest. His research interests are environmental and economic history of the Middle Ages and the Early Modern period.

Table of contents

Acknowledgements
List of Figures
List of Abbreviations
Notes on Contributors
Introduction

Part 1: Buda: History, Sources, Historiography
1 The Budapest History Museum and the Rediscovery of Medieval Buda
Zoltán Bencze
2 The Fate of the Medieval Archives of Buda and Pest
István Kenyeres

Part 2: Buda before Buda
3 Buda before Buda: Óbuda and Pest as Early Centers
Enikő Spekner
4 ‘A castle once stood, now a heap of stones…’ the Site and Remains of Óbuda in Medieval Chronicles, National Epics, and Modern Fringe Theories
József Laszlovszky and James Plumtree
5 A Royal Forest in the Medium Regni
Péter Szabó

Part 3: The Topography of Buda
6 Royal Residences in Buda in Hungarian and European Context
Károly Magyar
7 Buda-Pest 1300 – Buda-Pest 1400. Two Topographical Snapshots
András Végh
8 The Monastic Topography of Medieval Buda
Beatrix F. Romhányi
9 Sacred Sites in Medieval Buda
Gábor Klaniczay
10 Merchants, Markets, and Shops in Late Medieval Buda, Pest and Óbuda
Judit Benda
11 Commercial Contacts of Buda along the Danube and beyond
István Draskóczy

Part 4: Buda as a Power Center
12 The Government of Medieval Buda
Martyn Rady
13 Diets and Synods in Buda and Its Environs
János M. Bak and András Vadas
14 Royal Summits in and around Medieval Buda
Balázs Nagy
15 Buda, Medieval Capital of Hungary
András Kubinyi

Part 5: Court Culture of a ‘Capital’
16 Made for the King: Sigismund of Luxemburg’s Statues in Buda and Their Place in Art History
Szilárd Papp
17 The Court of the King and Queen in Buda in the Jagiellonian Age
Orsolya Réthelyi
18 Buda as a Center of Renaissance and Humanism
Valery Rees

Part 6: Buda beyond Buda
19 Buda: From a Royal Palace to an Assaulted Border Castle, 1490–1541
László Veszprémy
20 The Last Medieval King Leaves Buda
Antonín Kalous
21 Buda and the Urban Development of East Central Europe
Katalin Szende

Appendices
Select Bibliography on the History of Medieval Buda
Index of Geographic Names
Index of Personal Names

Readership

All interested in the history of the medieval urbanization, Central European and Hungarian history.