Historiography of Ottoman Europe

Διήγησις… Βάρνας

Translated Title
Account... on [the battle of] Varna (English)
Person
Zotikos, Paraspondylos [15th century] | URL
Author
Publication Type
Codex Verse Chronicle
Language
Modern Greek
Description
Versified Greek account on the battle of Varna, when Sultan Murad II defeated a crusader army and secured Ottoman domination of the Balkans (13 November 1444). The 466 verses were composed probably after 1456, the death of John Hunyadi (Hunyadi János / Ioan de Hunedoara), presented as a “martyr”. The “philosopher” Paraspondylos Zotikos was an eye-witness of “all these happened in Varna”; however, he remains a largely mysterious character. The version by Georgios Argyropoulos, dated 1461 (Bibliotheca Seraglii 35), is only slightly different.
Libraries
  • Bibliothèque Nationale de France | Coislin 316, ff. 1-12 |
  • Bibliotheca Seraglii | Bibliotheca Seraglii 35, ff. 161v-181r
Other Version
Secondary Literature
URI
http://gallica.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/btv1b11000095v
Last Seen
2018-03-26
Keywords
Versified account , spoken Greek , battle of Varna , Sultan Murad II , John Hunyadi , Georgios Argyropoulos
Permalink
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