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Annual of Medieval Studies at CEU



Lectori salutem!

Volume 10 of our Annual, which is by its nature always one year behind the events, presents some academic results of our tenth year of existence. The special events of the anniversary are covered briefly in the Report of the Year, and more extensively in Vol. 5.1 (October 2003) of our Medieval News. The articles published in the Annual reflect more of the “ordinary” work at the Department of Medieval Studies. The first section contains articles based on MA theses or papers presented by our students at major international conferences. The quest and the thematic blocks have arisen partly from our workshops, partly from our intentions to be open to new branches of studies — in this case anthropology—which can enrich our research and teaching through comparisons or contrasting views.

Our regular readers will probably notice that Part II of the yearbook has shrunk in the variety of topics covered. This is due to the more extensive use of both our newsletter and our website for publicizing up-to-date information. Therefore columns on activities and events, field trips, courses of the year, as well as the publications and other activities of the resident faculty can be consulted on these two forums. The space that we gain by omitting these pieces of information can be devoted to a wider range of articles, thus strengthening the Annual’ s character as an academic journal.

As usual, the editors were helped in the most demanding tasks of copyediting by a competent and enthusiastic group of PhD students, which this year included Iulia Capros, Jurgita Kunsmanaite, Stanislava Kuzmová, David Movrin, and Péter Levente Szőcs. Beside them, we would also like to thank Matthew Suff (PhD student in Philosophy), who has helped in improving the clarity and fluency of several of the contributions, and our constant partners in the department’s publishing activity, the Archaeolingua Foundation and Publishing House, for turning the manuscripts into a handsome publication.


Editor's Preface


Iuliana Viezure
On the Origins of the Unus de Trinitate Controversy

Lovro Kuncevic
The Oldest Foundation Myth of Ragusa: The Epidaurian Tradition

Martin N. Ossikovski
The Conciliar Doctrine of Marsiglio of Padua: An Important Biblical Argument

David Movrin
The Beloved Disciple: Stephen Maconi and St. Catherine of Siena

Stanislava Kuzmová
Preaching a Model Bishop: A Sample of Sermons on Saint Stanislaus

Victor Alexandrov
“Because this also Belongs to our Diocese:”
Forged Correspondence between Stephen the Great and Archbishop Dorotej

Enikő Békés
The Lion and King Matthias Corvinus: A Renaissance Interpretation of a Classical Physiognomic Image

Guest Article

Jonathan Shepard
Byzantine Writers on the Hungarians in the Ninth and Tenth Centuries


Judith Rasson
Medieval Studies and Anthropology

Joseph C. Achike Agbakoba
The Supreme Being in African Traditional Thought: A Logico-Ontological Approach

Eszter Spät
The Festival of Sheik Adi in Lalish, the Holy Valley of the Yezidis

Crafts and Commerce in Late Medieval Towns

Katalin Szende

Edna Ruth Yahil
Urban Identity, Guilds, and Justice in Late Medieval Saint Germain des Prés

Ian Blanchard
Foreign Merchants in Early Modern Towns and International Market Intelligence Systems

Ágnes Flóra
Taking Pride of Place:Goldsmiths of Cluj (Kolozsvár) in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries


József Laszlovszky
Report of the Year

MA Thesis Abstracts

PhD Defences during the Academic Year 2002–2003

Vol. 10.
Katalin Szende and Judith Rasson
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