Cover design Tom Costello
Twelfth International Congress of
Neo-Latin Studies, Bonn
Internazionale di Studi Umanistici, Sassoferrato
2-5 iuglio 2008
Servant of the Renaissance:
The Poetry and Prose of Nicolaus Olahus
(Oxford, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt/M., New York, Wien: Peter
Lang, 2003), 444 pp., 2 ill.
ISBN 3906769690 / US-ISBN 0820459062 pb.
sFr. 108.– / €1* 74.20 / €2** 69.30 / £ 45.– / US-$ 68.95
This book is the first full-length study of the poetry and prose of
Nicolaus Olahus (1493-1568), a central figure of Northern humanism. He was
also a much-admired diplomat and man of the church at the courts of Queen
Mary of Hungary and King Ferdinand. Although Olahus’s life and work are
relatively well documented, a significant part of his writings – including
his poetry – has not been subject to any previous critical study. The
texts Olahus composed suggest a special approach to language. He wrote as
a rhetorician, not just in the sense that he composed in an elegant style,
but also to persuade, delight, move and impel to action. This volume
discusses a Transylvanian author whose biography, beliefs and work reveal
important links with Erasmus and the humanism associated with the
Collegium Trilingue in Louvain. It offers new insights into how
Renaissance values were assimilated in Central Europe and combines an
examination of the main features characterizing Olahus’s literary style
with the presentation of an annotated text of his poetry. As a result,
Olahus re-emerges as a major humanist and Counter-Reformation writer,
alongside his better-known predecessor Janus Pannonius, and his renowned
protégé Joannes Sambucus.
Piotr Urbanski, 'Cristina Neagu, Servant of the Renaissance : The Poetry
and Prose of Nicolaus Olahus', book review in
(LVIII, 3:2005), 970-972.
Robert Lazu, 'Nicolaus Olahus la Oxford' [Nicolaus Olahus at Oxford],
Adevărul literar şi artistic (Bucureşti: 31 May: 2005), 14.
Also Chapters in the following volumes:
'The Hungaria-Athila : Nicolaus Olahus’s formula of the orbis
loca and orbis gesta’, in
Acta Conventus Neo-Latini Bonnensis :
Proceedings of the Twelfth International Congress of Neo-Latin
Bonn, 3-9 August 2003, general editor Rhoda Schnur
Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, 2006), 619-629.
ISBN 0866983600 / 9780866983600
£ 70.– / US-$ 80.-
“Processus sub Forma Missae” and Nicolaus Olahus’, Studi Umanistici
ed. by Ferruccio Bertini, Stefano Trojani
Istituto Internazionale di Studi Piceni, 2009),