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Bonfini, Antonio

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Author(s): Sroka, Stanisław. A.
1427/34-1502. Hungary. An Italian humanist, Bonfini studied in Ascoli Piceno, and then extended his education in many other Italian towns. From 1478 on he taught Latin and Greek in a school in the town of Recanati, south of Ancona. In 1486, he paid his first visit to Hungary. During this time, Bonfini translated the works of Philostratus the Athenian and the Treatise on Architecture by Antonio Averulino (Filarete). In the course of his second stay in Hungary, in 1488, he was ordered by King Matthias Corvinus to write the chronicle of Hungary in the spirit o…
Date: 2016-10-17

Roger of Oradea

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Author(s): Sroka, Stanisław. A.
[Rogerius Varadinensis, Roger of Apulia] ca 1205-66. Hungary. Italian clergyman, born in the town of Torre Maggiore, in Apulia. He was chaplain of Cardinal Giacomo Pecorari, who was papal nuncio in Hungary from 1232, dean of the chapter in Oradea (Nagyvárad) and Sopron, canon in Zagreb from 1249, and archbishop of Split (Spoleto) 1249-66.Roger's Latin chronicle Carmen miserabile super destructione regni Hungarie temporibus Belae IV Regis per Tartaros facta was written in 1243. Composed in the form of a letter to Cardinal Giacomo Pecorari, the chronicle contains …
Date: 2016-10-17

Ransanus, Pietro

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Author(s): Sroka, Stanisław. A.
1428-92. Italy, Hungary. Italian humanist and historian. Author of a universal chronicle with a history of Hungary. Ransanus was born in Palermo and studied in Florence and Perugia. In 1444 he entered the Dominican Order, and from 1455 on he was in charge of the Dominican Province in Sicily. Around 1458 he began to write his Annales omnium temporum, a world history in 60 books which he completed only in the late 1480s. At the end of the 1460s, he offered his services to the king of Naples, Ferdinand I. In 1476 he became Bishop of Lucera. During the yea…
Date: 2016-10-17