27th out of 65 books — 34 voters
Realm of St. Stephen: A History of Medieval Hungary
by Pál Engel
Now recognized as the standard work on the subject, Realm of St Stephen is a comprehensive history of medieval Eastern and Central Europe. Pál Engel traces the establishment of the medieval kingdom of Hungary from its conquest by the Magyar tribes in 895 until defeat by the Ottomans at the battle of Mohacs in 1526. He shows the development of the dominant Magyars who, upon...more
Paperback, 452 pages
Published July 22nd 2005 by I. B. Tauris
(first published February 23rd 2001)
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A reminder of how dynamic medieval society could be, and the answer to a historical problem; how come Hungary didn't develop into a bourgeois society until the 19th century? The answer it seems is not the Black Death, but real property law. Schama is wrong, Széchenyi, Macfarlane and de Soto Polar right. Real property law in China, anyone?