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.
Bibliothèque Nationale de France | Coislin 316, ff. 1-12 |
Bibliotheca Seraglii | Bibliotheca Seraglii 35, ff. 161v-181r