Simon of Kéza
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 13th century. Hungary. Royal historian, court clerk and notary of King  Ladislas (László) IV (1272-90). Author of a Latin Gesta Hungarorum written 1282-5. This chronicle is in four parts: Hunnish prehistory, Hungarian history, remarks about the immigrant noble kindreds, and the social layers of society. He describes Ladislas as the most Christian ruler, a Christian personification of  Attila, although the king became an adherent of pagan customs, nicknamed in Hungary as "the Cuman". Using references to Roman law, the author tried to depict Hungary as a Rechtsstaat even in Hunnis…

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Veszprémy, László, “Simon of Kéza”, in: Encyclopedia of the Medieval Chronicle, Edited by: Graeme Dunphy, Cristian Bratu. Consulted online on 14 November 2018 <>
First published online: 2016

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