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An Ornament To The Imperial Court?

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Johannes Sambucus was born in a peaceful, prosperous and ethnically mixed little town called Trnava in the North-Western corner of Hungary. Sambucus's faithful work for the imperial court, his talents in philology (correcting old texts), editing, collecting (antiquities), his knowledge of languages, his contacts with important men of letters and his growing fame were all to raise the dignity and honour of the dynasty. According to Sambucus, through collecting Latin and Greek manuscripts and books he had been performing his job in the previous four years while absent from the court as an aulae familiaris. In becoming an 'ornament' of the imperial court Sambucus realised his most daring dreams. His library was as much a tourist attraction in Vienna as Strada's 'museum'..

Keywords: Hungary; imperial court; Johannes Sambucus; Vienna



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