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The Second International Conference on New Directions in the Humanities

Latin Western Influence on Hungarian Laws in the 1200s: Western Latin Influence upon the Legislative Acts of the Arpad Kings of Hungary in the Thirteenth Century: A Hypothesis

Prof Zoltan Kosztolnyik.

Western synodical enactments, and the Canon law collections by Burchard of Worms (c. 1012) and by Ivo of Chartres (c. 1096) had a lasting impact on the laws of the Arpad kings of Hungary in the eleventh and twelfth centuries. The trend continued in the thirteenth century, as evidenced by the decrees of 1221, 1231 by Andrew II, and the laws of 1267 of his son, Bela IV. Influence by the Aragonese court had a lasting impact upon the Hungaian Golden Bull of 1222 (issued by Andrew II), and on the representative assemblies (Diets) summoned by Andrew III in the 1290s. Such a remarkable influence can be explained by the fact that King Emery (d. 1204), father of Andrew II, was married to Constance of Aragon; and, as a young man, Andrew III spent significant time at the court of Aragon.


Prof Zoltan Kosztolnyik
Professor Emeritus of History
Department of History College of Liberal Arts

  • Canon law -- its impact on Hungarian laws
  • Aragonese influence (representation) on Hungarian diets of the 1290s.
Person as Subject
  • Emery, King of Hungary Andrew II, King of Hungary Bela IV, King of Hungary Andrew III, King of Hungary

(30 min. Conference Paper, English)