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Author Tanner, Marcus.

Title The Raven King : Matthias Corvinus and the fate of his lost library / Marcus Tanner.

Published New Haven [Conn.] ; London : Yale University Press, [2008]


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  943.903092 MATT/ TANN    AVAILABLE
Physical description xx, 265 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages [245]-252) and index.
Contents Map of Hungary in the fifteenth century -- Ch. 1. 'Deep inside the palace' -- Ch. 2. Beyond the forest -- Ch. 3. 'I delight in everything that's new' -- Ch. 4. 'Ceaselessly entangled in warfare' -- Ch. 5. Beatrice -- Ch. 6. 'The Emperor has fled' -- Ch. 7. The librarian Ugoleto -- Ch. 8. 'A glutton for books' -- Ch. 9. Collapse -- Ch. 10. 'Who can restrain their tears?' -- Ch. 11. The walls of the Seraglio -- Epilogue: 'Matjaz will ride out' -- Appendix.
Summary "Seizing the Hungarian throne at the age of fifteen, Matthias Corvinus, 'the Raven King', was an effervescent presence on the fifteenth-century stage. A successful warrior and munificent art patron, he sought to leave as symbols of his strategic and humanist ambitions a strong, unified country, splendid palaces and the most magnificent library in Christendom. But Hungary, invaded by the Ottoman Empire after Matthias's death in 1490, yielded its treasures and the exquisite library, witness to a golden cultural age, was dispersed across Europe." "The quest to recover this collection of sumptuously illuminated manuscripts provoked and tantalised generations of princes, cardinals, collectors and scholars, and imbued Hungary with the mythical conviction that the restoration of the lost library would seal their country's rebirth. In this account, drawing on a wealth of original sources in several languages, Marcus Tanner charts the odyssey of the Raven King and his majestic bequest, uncovering the remarkable story of a life and library almost lost to history."--BOOK JACKET.
Subject Matthias I, King of Hungary, 1443-1490.
Matthias I, King of Hungary, 1443-1490 -- Library.
Hungary -- Kings and rulers -- Biography.
Hungary -- History -- Matthias I, 1458-1490.
ISBN 9780300120349 (alk. paper)
0300120346 (alk. paper)