Chronica Hungarorum

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Chronica Hungarorum (Chronicle of the Hungarians) is the title of several works treating the early Hungarian history.

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The first page of the Chronica Hungarorum by Johannes Thuróczy

Buda ChronicleEdit

A popular chronicle partly based on the Chronicon Pictum (entitled just Chronica Hungarorum) was circulated in a printed form. It is also known as the Buda Chronicle. It was produced in 1473 by András Hess and is the first incunabulum ever printed in Hungary (Buda, András Hess, 1473, 70 fol., 2º.)

It relates the history of Hungary from the earliest times to the coronation of King Matthias. Eleven copies of the chronicle are known to survive, two of them in Hungary: one in the National Széchényi Library and another in the Budapest University Library.

Thuróczy ChronicleEdit

The third chronicle entitled Chronica Hungarorum, partly based on the Chronicon Pictum, was produced by Johannes de Thurocz (Hungarian: Thuróczi János) c. 1435-90, the first layman known to have written a book in the Kingdom of Hungary. This work (Brno, 1488, Augsburg, 1488) presents events as seen by an educated nobleman. The chronicle is described in the article on the author.

The images are listed in the same order as their appearance in the chronicle.

Illustration Description


The Great Coats of Arms of King Matthias Corvinus of Hungary


Saint Ladislaus Chases the Cuman Warrior Who Kidnapped a Girl
  • Two scene in one picture. Saint Ladislaus is chasing and fighting a duel with a Cuman warrior. The legends related to Saint Ladislaus, the events of the Battle of Kerlés in 1068 described in the chronicle and the scene of the girl kidnapping had a deep impact on posterity. The scene of the fight of the Christian king symbolizes the victory of Christianity over paganism.


Page With Golden Frame
  • Flower decorations in golden frame.


Battle of the Tárnok Valley


King Attila


Árpád, the First Captain
  • Árpád, Grand Prince of the Hungarians.


Szabolcs, the Second Captain


Gyula, the Third Captain


Kund, the Fourth Captain
Lehel, the Fifth Captain


Vérbulcsú, the Sixth Captain


Örs, the Seventh Captain


King Saint Ladislaus I

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