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The Hungarian Roots Of A Bohemian Humanist: Johann Jessenius A Jessen And Early Modern National Identity

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From the point of view of national identity one of the most intriguing figures at the early modern Habsburg court was Johann Jessenius a Jessen. This chapter analyzes Jessenius' description of the coronation of Matthias of Habsburg as king of Hungary. This event took place in the then Hungarian capital Pozsony on the 19th of November 1608. The work consists of two parts: a detailed account of the actual coronation ceremony, and a chronological overview of all the kings who ruled the Hungarian kingdom. In his description of the ceremony the author justifies Matthias' ascension to the throne by giving a "diagnostic" analysis of the history of Hungary and thereby stresses his own Hungarian roots. Because of the political, intellectual and personal background of this "Hungarian" knight or Bohemian intellectual, this work is particularly interesting from the point of view of early modern national identity.

Keywords: "Hungarian" knight; Bohemian humanist; early modern national identity; Johann Jessenius a Jessen



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