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  • The Cumans and Magyars

  • The History and Legacy of the Steppe Nomads Who Raided Europe Throughout the Late Middle Ages
  • Autor: Charles River Editors
  • Sprecher: Colin Fluxman
  • Spieldauer: 2 Std. und 23 Min.
  • Kategorien: Geschichte, Antike
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    Of all the steppe peoples in the medieval period, perhaps none were more important to European history than the Magyars. Like the Huns and Avars before them and the Cumans and Mongols after them, the Magyars burst into Europe as a destructive, unstoppable horde, taking whatever they wanted and leaving a steady stream of misery in their wake. They used much of the same tactics as the other steppe peoples and lived a similar, nomadic lifestyle. The Magyars also had many early cultural affinities with other steppe peoples, following a similar religion and ideas of kingship and nobility, among other things. That said, as similar as the Magyars may have been to other steppe nomads before and after them, they were noticeably different in one way: The Magyars settled down and became a part of Europe and Western Civilization in the Middle Ages.

    The Magyars exploded onto the European cultural scene in the late ninth century as foreign marauders, but they made alliances with many important kingdoms in less than a century and established their own dynasty in the area, roughly equivalent to the modern nation-state of Hungary. After establishing themselves as a legitimate dynasty among their European peers, the Magyars formed a sort of cultural bridge between the Roman Catholic kingdoms of Western Europe and the Orthodox Christian kingdoms of Eastern Europe. Ultimately, the Magyars chose the Roman Catholic Church, thereby becoming a part of the West and tying their fate to it for the remainder of the Middle Ages.

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    If you like contradictions ...

    Impressive! Among other things, this work claims that Hungarians could not read or write when they came to Europe from Asia, then their first Christian king had to destroy their pagan religious records. This spiritual product also claims that they came to this big Carpathian Basin fleeing from other, stronger asian peoples. However, Magyars did not run into resistance. Was this excellent living space empty? Then regularly raided the kingdoms of the continent from Byzantium to the Atlantic Ocean, crossing the Pyrenees as well. Were the supposedly fleeing Magyars stronger than everyone? For decades moreover? Or maybe the Hungarians weren’t “refugees” as claimed here but their emergence in Europe was rather a pre-planned and well-executed (re)conquest of Attila’s european hunnic territories? Like their sagas and contemporary written foreign sources claim ... This work also claims that the main goal of the Hungarians was robbery. How lifelike is it that, racing regularly through the continent, beating countless armies of Europe and then necessarily slowing down with the loot, they will return from present-day Spain through the hostile kingdoms of the continent to the Carpathian Basin, and without any problems? Once again: regularly, for decades. Or rather could it not be, like the modern warfare of today’s U.S. Army i.e. the Magyars practised preventive strikes so that their potential enemies cannot hinder the nation-building of these “newcomers”? The description of the origin of the Hungarians is also strange: on one side this audio book refers to the alleged fantasies but does not describe anything pro and contra, while it refers to only one and mere assumption by the mainstream historical science, also without any criticism or doubt. We don't even know much about the Cumans beyond the referred historical sources. Finally, Magyar personal names and names of their contemporary dignities are pronounced in English. This language practice is incomprehensible and makes impossible to compare them with the originals, thus unscientific and unsuitable for disseminating knowledge. Kovács Zsolt Csaba