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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 mild upon the terribly flexible profession of this person, but in addition at the number of circles within which he lived. Gábor Kármán additionally supplies the 1st old research of Harsányi’s contribution to Turkish reviews, the Colloquia Familiaria Turcico-latina (1672).

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On the shift of the location of universities visited by Transylvanian students, see Murdock, Calvinism, 50; Gábor Almási, “Touring Europe: Comparing East-Central European Academic Peregrination of the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Century,” in A Divided Hungary in Europe: Exchanges, Networks and Representations, 1541–1699, vol. 2, Study Tours and Intellectual-Religious Relationships, ed. Gábor Almási (Newcastle-upon-Tyne, 2014), 17–34. indb 24 MAP 1 france the Leiden switzerland Venice Thorn Danzig Vienna Eszék Buda Érsekújvár hungary Cracow Tărgovişte wa l a c h i a Gyulafehérvár Nagyvárad Kolozsvár t r a n s y lva n i a m o l d av i a Kamieniec Podolski poland -lithuania Warsaw ottoman empire Pozsony Holešov Prague Breslau Frankfurt an der Oder Dresden Leipzig Berlin Copenhagen Frankfurt am Main Marburg Hamburg denmark sweden holy roman empire Basle Amsterdam netherlands Paris Cambridge Franeker Europe in the mid-seventeenth century London england Edinburgh scotland 24 Chapter 1 11/17/2015 3:57:44 PM The Beginnings of an Ecclesiastical Career 25 make detours.

2, Study Tours and Intellectual-Religious Relationships, ed. Gábor Almási (Newcastle-upon-Tyne, 2014), 17–34. indb 24 MAP 1 france the Leiden switzerland Venice Thorn Danzig Vienna Eszék Buda Érsekújvár hungary Cracow Tărgovişte wa l a c h i a Gyulafehérvár Nagyvárad Kolozsvár t r a n s y lva n i a m o l d av i a Kamieniec Podolski poland -lithuania Warsaw ottoman empire Pozsony Holešov Prague Breslau Frankfurt an der Oder Dresden Leipzig Berlin Copenhagen Frankfurt am Main Marburg Hamburg denmark sweden holy roman empire Basle Amsterdam netherlands Paris Cambridge Franeker Europe in the mid-seventeenth century London england Edinburgh scotland 24 Chapter 1 11/17/2015 3:57:44 PM The Beginnings of an Ecclesiastical Career 25 make detours.

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.

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