„Causa scientiae” The anatomy of a 16th century witness interrogation record Cover Image

„Causa scientiae” Egy 16. századi tanúvallatási jegyzőkönyv anatómiája
„Causa scientiae” The anatomy of a 16th century witness interrogation record

Author(s): Gabriella Erdélyi
Subject(s): History
Published by: KORALL Társadalomtörténeti Egyesület
Keywords: social history; religion; monasticism; 16th century; Hungary; Körmend

Summary/Abstract: The study seeks answer for a question that is basically one of source criticism: Did those witnesses who were ordered to appear before the ecclesiastical court in the 1518 Körmend monastery case speak honestly and freely, or under pressure? The question cannot be evaded, since background power relations were extremely one-sided: the witness interrogation record was the product of an investigation in which Tamás Bakócz, archbishop of Esztergom, stood against those Hungarian Augustine monks who were removed by him a year earlier with reference to their lifestyle regarded as unworthy for monks. For such reasons it is definitely worthwhile to examine more thoroughly what made witnesses unanimously condemn the monks – which coincided with the interests of the stronger party. Our methodology goes as follows: we seek for similarities and differences between reality and narrative, foremost by the analysis of form and content of the stories (that we regard as products of remembrance and group communication) told about the monks.

  • Issue Year: 2002
  • Issue No: 9
  • Page Range: 5-31
  • Page Count: 27
  • Language: Hungarian