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Szamosközy István, a requisitor
István Szamosközy, the requisitor

Author(s): Emőke Gálfi
Subject(s): History
Published by: Erdélyi Múzeum-Egyesület
Keywords: István Szamosközy; archivist; Alba Iulia; chapter

Summary/Abstract: István Szamosközy was the most signifi cant historian of the 16th century and his artistic performance in describing the past remained incomparable for a long time. The hungarian historiography has been focusing on Szamosközy’s life and historical works, but one volume of registers compiled by the historian while he was the archivist (lat. requisitor) of the secularized chapter of Alba Iulia (which contains entries from 1602-1612) hasn’t been studied by the researchers. This important offi ce facilitated for the historian the use of important historical documents preserved in the archives of the Chapter, while the salary and the different donations contributed to his relative prosperity after the hardships of the war which lasted 15 years. The register compiled by Szamosközy contains among the data of his activity as a requisitor, information on his life, including the donations of the princes or important patrons, such as Zsigmond Sarmasági, mayor of Turda county. This study aimes to discuss all this data and tries a detailed description of the archivist, István Szamosközy.

  • Issue Year: LXXIV/2012
  • Issue No: 3
  • Page Range: 116-123
  • Page Count: 8
  • Language: Hungarian