(Archbishop of Esztergom Dionysius of Szécs, Important Prelate, Politician and Diplomat of the 15th Century)
Abstract: The Archbishop of Esztergom (lat. Strigonium), Dionisius of Szecs, is considered a controversial figure in historical literature. In a short time, he crowned two Hungarian kings: 14 May 1440 as a faithful servant of Queen Elizabeth her three-month-old son, Ladislav the Posthumous, and 17 July 1440, apparently under pressure, also his enemy Vladislaus I. Despite the indisputable fact of the double coronation, the historians are now more cautious regarding the role of the Archbishop. As an excellent speaker and diplomat, he favored negotiations over violence and was instrumental in settling several seemingly insoluble conflicts. He also played an important role in the election of Mathias Corvinus as King of Hungary, which he eventually crowned (as the third ruler in his life). His merits in the church are also important: despite the difficult period he began to build the cathedral and archbishop’s palace in Esztergom, convened several church synods, supported monasteries and increased the importance of the Archbishop of Esztergom by achieving the title Primate of Hungarian churche.
Author: DVOŘÁKOVÁ Daniela
Publication order reference: Historický ústav SAV, Oddelenie stredovekých dejín, P. O. Box 198, Klemensova 19, 814 99 Bratislava, Slovak Republic, mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Source: Studia Historica Nitriensia, year: 2020, vol.: 24, number: 2, pages: 294-307
Key words: House of Szécs (Szécsi); Archbishop; Elizabeth of Luxembourg; Ladislaus Posthumous; Vladislaus Jagiellon; Mathias Corvinus; 15th Century;