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dc.contributor.authorΑντωνόπουλος, Π.el
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dc.titleΔύο σημαντικές παρατηρήσεις στη Relatio του μοναχού Ριχάρδουel
heal.type.enJournal articleen
heal.type.elΆρθρο περιοδικούel
heal.generalDescription85-92 σ.el
heal.recordProviderΠανεπιστήμιο Ιωαννίνων. Φιλοσοφική Σχολή. Τμήμα Ιστορίας και Αρχαιολογίαςel
heal.abstractMedieval hungarian historiography has always perplexed scholars with regard to its borrowings, chronology and genuine creative authorship. One of the most intriguing of its product is a collection of letters collectively known as the Relatio, and written by Friar Richard, after the narration of the Dominican Friar Julian who went to the East and discovered the area conventionally referred to as Magna Hungaria in 1235-1236. Returning to Hungary he reported not only the discovery of the Magyars' «pagan brothers», but also the forthcoming Tartar invasion of Hungary. The authenticity of this text has been challenged in the past, and in this brief study the possibility of forgery is further enhanced by the discussion of two elements in the narrative. The first is the way a Greek Orthodox Alan leader is treated, with regard to his polygamy. The same type of treatment, if not numerical equality as to the number of wives, is found in chapter 8 of St. Gerard's Legenda Maior, where the famous passage on chief Ajtony is placed. The general outlook of both passages shows exceptional similarity, if not on the precise details, at least on the non-fanatical treatment of Orthodoxy even in the 13th century, period during which polemics on both sides have become common place. The difference in the number of wives is explained by the distance, and opportunities for the «piquant» element available to the author of the Relatio. The second point under discussion is the statement that the inhabitants of Magna Hungaria were found to, among others, eat the meat of horses. The same fact with minor variations is mentioned as aphorism during the rebellion against Peter IOrseolo of 1046, during which the future king Andrew I had sought the assistance of pagan elements. Research by computer through all the hungarian sources as found in the scriptores Rerum Hungaricarum edition, reveals that the nearest passage is chapter 15 of the Legenda Maior of St. Gerard. The conclusion drawn from this argument is that there is strong evidence to support the Relatio's borrowings from the Legenda Maior of St. Gerard, something that due to the text’s nature, renders it almost certainly to be a forgery, and indeed, a very seductive one.en
heal.publisherΠανεπιστήμιο Ιωαννίνων. Φιλοσοφική Σχολή. Τμήμα Ιστορίας και Αρχαιολογίαςel
heal.journalNameΔωδώνη Τεύχος Πρώτο Επιστημονική Επετηρίδα Τμήματος Ιστορίας και Αρχαιολογίας Πανεπιστήμιο Ιωαννίνων; Τόμ. 21 (1992)el
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