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Imprinting Identities

Illustrated Latin-Language Histories of St. Stephen’s Kingdom (1488–1700)

Karolina Mroziewicz

The book demonstrates how illustrated printed books played an active role in identity-building processes in the Hungarian Kingdom. It shows the influence of Latin-language histories of Hungary in the areas of imagery of the Hungarian political community, visual representations of Hungarian patron saints, rulers, nobility and aristocracy. These books were and still are influential carriers of messages about the shared past. They were used as an important means of communication and as objects through which models of self- and collective identifications were imprinted. Their long afterlives, due to numerous editions, translations, adaptations and transpositions into other media, gradually unified the historical imagery, thus forming a key component for the identifications of the books’ recipients.
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5. Nobility and Aristocracy


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Nullis questuariis aut vulgaribus artibus dediti sola militia nobilitatem definierunt.

István Werbőczy, prologue to Tripartitum, 1514.458

Zichy gefällt uns sehr. Sowohl sein Gesicht als auch sein Haltung

weisen darauf hin, dass er zu Grossem geboren ist.

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