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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 faculty 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 gentle upon the terribly flexible occupation of this person, but additionally at the number of circles during which he lived. Gábor Kármán additionally offers the 1st old research of Harsányi’s contribution to Turkish stories, the Colloquia Familiaria Turcico-latina (1672).

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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). 85 Even if they could not follow the discussions in the inns, there were plenty of intensive disputes in the more Latin-oriented communities of the universities. The seventeenth-century universities of Oxford and Cambridge participated eagerly in the great theological debates of the age. The University of Cambridge, visited by Harsányi, had been divided over many questions since the mid-1630s.

Getting a scholarship was the last important step to take, as the talented student also had to have a patron who would finance his university studies. It had to be covered by domestic resources. 38 Seventeenth-century students still had a variety of options at hand. Some colleges had a separate coffer dedicated to this purpose. The college of Debrecen, for instance, used some 37 38 István Tolnai to György Rákóczi I (Sárospatak, 15 April 1641) Sándor Szilágyi, “I. Rákóczy György fejedelem levelezése Tolnai István sárospataki pappal” [The correspondence of György Rákóczi I with István Tolnai, minister at Sárospatak], Protestáns Egyházi és Iskolai Lap 18 (1875) (in the following: PEIL XVIII), 1446.

Szerencsi as well. 81 Szerencsi visited Cambridge before October 1641, where he was the guest of Emmanuel College. He then lived in London until the late spring of 1642, and we also happen to know that he stayed in Bar Lane, close to the Tower. George Gömöri suggests that he did not rent his lodgings alone but shared them with other Hungarian students, probably Benedek Nagyari, who came from Leiden and had also 79 80 81 Thorough research has been performed on the activities of John Bánfihunyadi in the last twenty years.

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