Coloman, King of Galicia and Duke of Slavonia (1208-1241): Medieval Central Europe and Hungarian Power

A long-overdue scholarly treatment of King Coloman (1208–1241) drawing on Hungarian and other research that is inaccessible outside the region and placing Coloman at the crossroads of Latin Christendom, Eastern Orthodoxy, and the Mongol Empire.

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Gábor Barabás

Márta Font

A figure of crucial importance to scholarship on western and eastern Europe alike, King Coloman (1208–1241) here receives long-overdue scholarly treatment as a key figure of the thirteenth century. The Árpád prince ruled over a vast area in Central Europe which remained largely affiliated to the Western Church. Renowned for fighting the Mongol Empire, he had close relations with Pope Gregory IX, and he was a contemporary of Emperor Friedrich II, Philippe Auguste of France, and Henry III of England. Coloman controlled territories that comprise modern-day Hungary, Slovakia, Croatia, and Bosnia and, as a result, he has long featured in various competing national historiographies. This study draws on Hungarian and other research that is inaccessible outside the region and places Coloman at the crossroads of Latin Christendom, Eastern Orthodoxy, and the Mongol Empire. It moves beyond previous national and religious narratives and foregrounds Central Europe in the history of early thirteenth-century Europe.

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Foreword

Introduction

Part One: Coloman as Child Ruler of Galicia

Chapter 1: The Galician Context in 1205

Chapter 2: The Agreement of Scepus

Chapter 3: Coloman’s Coronation as King of Galicia—Date and Place

Chapter 4: The Hungarian Elite and Coloman’s Court

Chapter 5: Coloman’s Position in Halych, 1215–22—Campaigns and Opponents

Chapter 6: Upholding the Galician Claim—Coloman’s Place in Hungary

Part Two: Coloman, Duke of Whole Slavonia (1226–1241)

Chapter 7: Coloman and Scepus, before 1226

Chapter 8: Coloman as Duke of Whole Slavonia from 1226

Chapter 9: Coloman’s Status, and the Inner Workings of the Duchy

Chapter 10: Coloman’s Ecclesiastical and Secular Activities in Slavonia

Chapter 11: Coloman’s Rule in Slavonia

Chapter 12: Politics and Dynastic Affairs

Chapter 13: Challenges in the Balkans

Chapter 14: The Mongol Attack and Coloman’s Death

Conclusion: Coloman in the Eyes of Posterity

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