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Nápisová kultúra miest Pentapolitany v stredoveku
The Inscription Culture of Pentapolitana in the Middle Ages

Author(s): Miroslav Čovan
Subject(s): History, Cultural history, Local History / Microhistory, Middle Ages, 13th to 14th Centuries, 15th Century
Published by: Univerzita Pavla Jozefa Šafárika v Košiciach
Keywords: Inscriptions; Pentapolitana; Middle Ages; Upper Hungary; Monuments;

Summary/Abstract: Pentapolitana was a league of the five most important royal free cities in Upper Hungary. Epigraphic monuments created to represent individuals or the urban community were important components of the extensive architecture, as well as various movable or immovable artifacts. Monumental but also simple spontaneous inscriptions often express the worldview of the community or the individual. They also point to the influences of the surrounding or remote countries from which the creators or recipients of inscriptions originated, helping modern observers to understand the cultural relationships between various regions. This article focuses on the content of medieval urban epigraphs and their urban character, discussing their contribution to our knowledge of the history of these five cities from a political and cultural point of view.

  • Issue Year: 7/2018
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 63-82
  • Page Count: 20
  • Language: Slovak