"Coloman, King of Galicia and Duke of Slavonia (1208-1241): Medieval Central Europe and Hungarian Power" by Márta Font and Gábor Barabás
A figure of crucial importance to scholarship on western and eastern Europe alike, King Coloman (1208–1241) here receives long-overdue scholarly treatment as a key figure of the thirteenth century. The Árpád prince ruled over a vast area in Central Europe which remained largely affiliated to the Western Church. Renowned for fighting the Mongol Empire, he had close relations with Pope Gregory IX, and he was a contemporary of Emperor Friedrich II, Philippe Auguste of France, and Henry III of England. Coloman controlled territories that comprise modern-day Hungary, Slovakia, Croatia, and Bosnia and, as a result, he has long featured in various competing national historiographies. This study draws on Hungarian and other research that is inaccessible outside the region and places Coloman at the crossroads of Latin Christendom, Eastern Orthodoxy, and the Mongol Empire. It moves beyond previous national and religious narratives and foregrounds Central Europe in the history of early thirteenth-century Europe.
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Part One: Coloman as Child Ruler of Galicia
Chapter 1: The Galician Context in 1205
Chapter 2: The Agreement of Scepus
Chapter 3: Coloman’s Coronation as King of Galicia—Date and Place
Chapter 4: The Hungarian Elite and Coloman’s Court
Chapter 5: Coloman’s Position in Halych, 1215–22—Campaigns and Opponents
Chapter 6: Upholding the Galician Claim—Coloman’s Place in Hungary
Part Two: Coloman, Duke of Whole Slavonia (1226–1241)
Chapter 7: Coloman and Scepus, before 1226
Chapter 8: Coloman as Duke of Whole Slavonia from 1226
Chapter 9: Coloman’s Status, and the Inner Workings of the Duchy
Chapter 10: Coloman’s Ecclesiastical and Secular Activities in Slavonia
Chapter 11: Coloman’s Rule in Slavonia
Chapter 12: Politics and Dynastic Affairs
Chapter 13: Challenges in the Balkans
Chapter 14: The Mongol Attack and Coloman’s Death
Conclusion: Coloman in the Eyes of Posterity
Márta Font, Professor and Departmental Head of the Institute of History at the University of Pécs, is a leading expert of the history of medieval Rus’.
Gábor Barabás, Adjunct Professor at the University of Pécs, is an expert in the history of medieval papal-Hungarian relations.