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 court docket councillor of Friedrich Wilhelm, the nice Elector of Brandenburg not just sheds gentle upon the terribly flexible occupation of this person, but additionally at the number of circles within which he lived. Gábor Kármán additionally provides the 1st old research of Harsányi’s contribution to Turkish stories, the Colloquia Familiaria Turcico-latina (1672).
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Vol. 1, 1506–1648 (Stuttgart, 1887), 744– 745 (in the following: PKPS XXXII). Márton Szepsi Csombor, Europica varietas, ed. Péter Kulcsár (Budapest, 1979), 103–122. András Csehi to the Council of Nagybánya (), Lajos Kaposi, “A régiek” [The ancients], Magyar Protestáns Egyházi és Iskolai Figyelő 6 (1884), 268 (in the following: MPEIF VI). On the phenomenon generally, see András Péter Szabó, “Haller Gábor naplójának forrásai” [The sources of the diary of Gábor Haller], in Emlékezet és devóció a régi magyar irodalomban, ed.
András Szabó (Budapest, 1999), 214–220. indb 25 11/17/2015 3:57:44 PM 26 Chapter 1 have been surprising if Harsányi had chosen another itinerary – in any case he did not matriculate at the Frankfurt university. 52 After students left Danzig they only had to survive the boat trip around Denmark to reach the Netherlands. The sea generally entailed great discomfort for Hungarian students. Those travelogues that mention crossing the sea at all usually devote some passages to the shock of a storm. This is all the more striking since they rarely complain about the hardship of a continental land journey.
56 This certainly made the adaptation of the newcomers to the foreign conditions easier, since they encountered a massive body of their compatriots who could help them overcome their initial difficulties. This informal help also stood at Harsányi’s disposal. Just like the majority of the Hungarian students, he arrived to the Netherlands during the summer. 58 They must have travelled together most of the way. 59 Harsányi, however, did not benefit from the opportunities offered by the “Hungarian colony” at Franeker.
A Seventeenth-century Odyssey in East Central Europe: The Life of Jakab Harsányi Nagy by Gábor Kármán