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A Seventeenth-century Odyssey in East Central Europe: The by Gábor Kármán

By Gábor Kármán

In A Seventeenth-Century Odyssey Gábor Kármán reconstructs the lifestyles tale of a lesser-known Hungarian orientalist, Jakab Harsányi Nagy. The dialogue of his actions as a college instructor in Transylvania, as a diplomat and interpreter on the chic Porte, as a secretary of a Moldavian voivode in exile, in addition to a court docket councillor of Friedrich Wilhelm, the good Elector of Brandenburg not just sheds gentle upon the terribly flexible occupation of this person, but additionally at the number of circles within which he lived. Gábor Kármán additionally offers the 1st historic research of Harsányi’s contribution to Turkish reviews, the Colloquia Familiaria Turcico-latina (1672).

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85 Even if they could not follow the discussions in the inns, there were plenty of intensive disputes in the more Latin-oriented communities of the universities. The seventeenth-century universities of Oxford and Cambridge participated eagerly in the great theological debates of the age. The University of Cambridge, visited by Harsányi, had been divided over many questions since the mid-1630s. The liturgical reforms initiated by William Laud, Archbishop of Canterbury, which were later suspected of popery and abandoned by the Long Parliament, were accepted by a number of colleges and professors, while others chose to resist them rigorously.

See his letter to György Rákóczi I (Sárospatak, 23 April 1638) PEIL XVIII: 1348. ” This institution, though, did not have the credentials to give higher academic titles. 44 The traditional destinations of Protestant peregrination which was developing in the sixteenth century were in the German lands. Of all the Transylvanians, only the Lutheran Saxons visited the Lutheran university of Wittenberg in the seventeenth century. 45 Jakab Harsányi Nagy who, with the exception of his rather surprising detour to Scotland, visited these very countries during his peregrination, thus followed the route of many of his contemporaries.

9a/5). Most of the students who left Franeker went on to study in Leiden; see Bots and Frijhoff, “De studentenpopulatie,” 66. The same trend can be seen among foreign students, see Ridder-Symoens, “Buitenlandse studenten,” 83. Bozzay, “Debreceni diákok,” 313. indb 29 11/17/2015 3:57:45 PM 30 Chapter 1 after his arrival that Harsányi became acquainted with Balyik, who was about to leave for Leiden, and that Harsányi decided to join him. If the reason for his decision was to find a town that was larger and more vibrant than Franeker, then Harsányi made a good choice.

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