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Author Kézai, Simon, active 13th century.

Title Gesta Hungarorum / Simonis de Kéza = The deeds of the Hungarians / Simon of Kéza ; edited and translated by László Veszprémy and Frank Schaer ; with a study by Jenő Szűcs.

Published New York : Central European University Press, 1999.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  943.9 KEZA    AVAILABLE
Uniform title Gesta Hungarorum. English & Latin
Physical description pages cm.
Series Central European medieval texts.
Central European medieval texts.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Summary Written between 1282 and 1285, the Gesta Hungarorum is an ingenious and imaginative historical fiction of prehistory, medieval history and contemporary social history. The author divides Hungarian history into two periods: Hunnish-Hungarian prehistory and Hungarian history, giving a division which persisted in Hungary up to the beginnings of modern historiography. With the complete confusion of the Hungarians with the Huns, Simon of Keza offers a unique retelling, among others, of the well-known Attila-stories. The book is also significant because of the author's legal-theoretical framework of corporate self-government and constitutional law, inspired by French and Italian sources and practice, which made this chronicle an integral part of Hungarian political theory as well as historical consciousness.
Other author Szűcs, Jenő.
Veszprémy, László.
Schaer, Frank.
Subject Hungary -- History -- 1000-1699.
Variant Title Deeds of the Hungarians.
ISBN 9639116319 (cloth)