Roles and Functions of Queens in Árpádian and Angevin Hungary (1000–1386 A.D.)

  • János M. Bak


Probably much less has been written on Hungarian queens than on those from other European kingdoms in the Middle Ages. While the neglect of queens was common to all medieval historians until recently, in Hungary no renewed interest in women’s history has as yet begun to rectify the imbalance.1 Queens are no exception, moreover, to the reticence about women shown by medieval Hungarian sources; some royal consorts are in fact unknown to us by name, their existence surmised from references to a known wife as the king’s second or third spouse. This is not really surprising, as Erik Fügedi, the authority on medieval Hungarian family history, was able to establish the origins and family connections of only eight wives of the greatest magnates between 1000 and 1250 (Fügedi 1986b: 32–33). Consequently, this discussion will be exploratory, summarizing the little that is known of Hungarian medieval queens and suggesting a few promising areas for future inquiry.


Thirteenth Century Teenth Century Medieval Historian Linguistic Pluralism Ecclesiastical Historian 
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© John Carmi Parsons 1998

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