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The Homiletics Of Political Discourse: Martyrology As A (Re)Invented Tradition In The Paradigm Of Early Modern Hungarian Patriotism

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This chapter explores the political connotations potentially available in the exile account of János Komáromi. For the diary and his other writings conceived and written during his exile exhibit a discourse promoting a proto-nationalistic view of the concept of patria and of the patriot as martyr. The chapter attempts to decipher the historical, literary and poetical contexts of Komáromi’s discourse in order to reveal those probably (re)invented tradition(s), such as the Protestant and Calvinist martyrology, which articulated the textual representation of exile as an extreme experience and attributed political significance to it. It assesses the functions and uses of these (re)invented traditions in order to exhibit the homiletics of this political discourse. The chapter concludes the argument by suggesting that early modern Hungarian patriotic discourses were strongly connected not only to the medieval heritage of political theology but to the homiletic tradition of the 16th and 17th century as well.

Keywords: Calvinist martyrology; homiletics; Hungarian patriotic discourses; János Komáromi



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