By Gábor Kármán
In A Seventeenth-Century Odyssey Gábor Kármán reconstructs the lifestyles tale of a lesser-known Hungarian orientalist, Jakab Harsányi Nagy. The dialogue of his actions as a college instructor in Transylvania, as a diplomat and interpreter on the chic Porte, as a secretary of a Moldavian voivode in exile, in addition to a courtroom councillor of Friedrich Wilhelm, the good Elector of Brandenburg not just sheds mild upon the terribly flexible occupation of this person, but in addition at the number of circles within which he lived. Gábor Kármán additionally provides the 1st historic research of Harsányi’s contribution to Turkish reviews, the Colloquia Familiaria Turcico-latina (1672).
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If they had left Cambridge because of the looming conflicts between the king and parliament, they would have been unlikely to risk a trip across England from north to south during July and August, when the actual military campaigns started, and to cross the route of first the royalist, and then the parliamentary, armies. They could have left Edinburgh by sea heading for Leiden, but in that case we might wonder why Harsányi only enrolled at the university again on 6 October. The journey at sea could not have taken that long, and there would have been no obstacle to matriculating earlier in Leiden where the academic year had started in February.
On the debates about confessional politics see recently Tatyana Gusarova, “A vallási kérdések vitáinak légköre a magyar országgyűléseken a 17. század első felében” [The atmosphere of the debates on confessional questions at the Hungarian diets in the first half of the 17th century], in R. Várkonyi Ágnes emlékkönyv születésének 70. évfordulója ünnepére, ed. Péter Tusor (Budapest, 1998), 308–319. More focused on the turn of the 1640s is István Hajnal, Esterházy Miklós nádor lemondása [The abdication of Palatine Miklós Esterházy] (Budapest, 1929).
Here is a selection of the studies: György Gömöri, “Bánfihunyadi János – alkimista és vegyész” [John Bánfihunyadi – alchemist and chemist], in Angol–magyar kapcsolatok (Budapest, 1989), 66–73; Gömöri, “Bánfihunyadi János eszmevilága és alki mista kapcsolatai” [The intellectual world and alchemist contacts of John Bánfihunyadi], Irodalomtörténeti Közlemények 106 (2002): 93–100; Gömöri, “Bánfihunyadi János egy skót– lengyel polihisztor műveiben és leveleiben” [John Bánfihunyadi in the works and letters of a Scottish–Polish polihistor], Irodalomtörténeti Közlemények 110 (2006): 61–66; Martyn Rady, “A Transylvanian Alchemist in Seventeenth-Century London,” Slavonic and East European Review 72 (1994): 140–151.
A Seventeenth-century Odyssey in East Central Europe: The Life of Jakab Harsányi Nagy by Gábor Kármán