Hungary in Medieval Europe (“Memoria Hungariae”) Research Group

The research group was founded at the University of Debrecen in 2010. Between 2014 and 2019, it was part of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences’ Lendület [Momentum] Research Program of Excellence. Since 2019, it has been operating under the auspices of the University of Debrecen, and has been supported by the Thematic Excellence Programme (TKP2020-NKA-04) of the Ministry for Innovation and Technology in Hungary.

Our areas of investigation focus on the role, perception and diplomatic relations of the medieval Kingdom of Hungary in Europe and its – written, iconographic and material – sources, which are explored through contactology, imagology and Hungarica-research in foreign archives and on the basis of manuscripts.

Fields of research: Hungary and Western Europe, especially France, England and the Holy See in the late Middle Ages; the relations of the Teutonic Order and Poland-Lithuania. We have been constantly updating our digital source database [http://lendulet.memhung.unideb.hu].

We have discovered and are still uncovering new sources, partly unknown even to national scholars (diplomatic correspondence, documents related to international relations, briefings, reports), mainly from England, France, Poland and Italy (Venice, Siena), especially from the Sigismundian (Luxembourg) and Jagiellonian periods.

We have carried out research and digitalised archival sources and manuscript collections (The National Archives; The British Library; The Bodleian Library; Archives nationales; Archives départementales de la Côte-d’Or; Archives départementales de Nord; Biblioteca Apostolica, Archivio Segreto Vaticano; Statny archiv v Prešove). At the Archiwum Główne Akt Dawnych in Warsaw we have made digital copies of all Hungary-related late medieval charters, some of which we have also published (Fontes Memoriae Hungariae series).