The Realm of St Stephen is a comprehensive history and major contribution to the historiography of medieval Eastern and Central Europe. Pal Engel traces the establishment of the medieval kingdom of Hungary from its conquest by the Magyar tribes in 895 until defeat by the Ottomans at the Battle of Mohacs in 1526. He shows the political, military, economic, social and cultural development of the dominant Magyars who had inherited an almost empty land and who absorbed the remaining Slavic peoples into their culture after the original peoples - Romans, Huns, Germans and Avars - had largely disappeared. The 'national' Magyar kings of the Arpadian dynasty were succeeded by Angevin, Luxemburgan, Hunyadi and Jagellion dynasties and the later period saw radical changes in political and social structures and institutions - reflected in abundant state documents showing Hungary's growing administrative and legal sophistication following the Arpadian period. Pal Engel presents an accessible and highly readable history of this important region and Andrew Ayton's editing of the translation of Pal Engel's seminal text will help to bring it to a wider British, European and North American readership.
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