Anonymus Belae regis notarius
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[Anonymus Hungarensis]

13th century. Hungary. A notary of a Hungarian King Béla (probably Béla III, d. 1196), also known as P. dictus magister, or formerly praedictus. He wrote a Latin Gesta Hungarorum, ca 1200/10.

Precedents set by historical writing elsewhere in European and the political tensions around 1200 created the need to demonstrate an origo gentis, a history of the Hungarians prior to the foundation of the kingdom in 1000, combined with a laus terrae, a geographical description of the country. The widely travelled royal notary recorded many names of places,…

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Veszprémy, László, “Anonymus Belae regis notarius”, in: Encyclopedia of the Medieval Chronicle, Edited by: Graeme Dunphy, Cristian Bratu. Consulted online on 14 December 2018 <>
First published online: 2016

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