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Párhuzamos életrajzok: Thomas Bomelius és Matthias Fronius
Parallel Lives: Thomas Bomelius and Matthias Fronius

Intellectual Careers In the Service of the Community

Author(s): Julia Derzsi
Subject(s): 16th Century
Published by: Erdélyi Múzeum-Egyesület
Keywords: Thomas Bomelius; Matthias Fronius; biography; Transylvanian Saxons ; Statuta jurium municipalium Saxonum in Transsylvania
Summary/Abstract: The study aims to present a parallel biography of two of the most important personalities of the Transylvanian Saxons’ public life in 16th century and thereby to delineate the contemporary model of career building of intellectuals in urban milieu. Thomas Bomelius and Matthias Fronius have become known especially for their work. They were the authors of the Statuta jurium municipalium Saxonum in Transsylvania (1583), a 16th-century codification of Transylvanian Saxon law. This legal code compilled by the former/Bomelius was complemented and finished by the latter/Fronius. The study will detail how they worked as clerks, how they contributed to the renewal of the urban institutions and public life, the knowlegde they accumulated and used and the methods they worked with. Accordingly, we focus on the effects their activity had on reforming urban administration in early modern Brașov and Sibiu.

  • Page Range: 43-61
  • Page Count: 19
  • Publication Year: 2017
  • Language: Hungarian