Lectures on the early modern history of Veszprém

On November 24, 2023, the conference and book presentation titled "Veszprém Review - 30 Years of the City Historical Journal" took place at the Laczkó Dezső Museum in Veszprém. Under the presidency of founding chief editor József Tölgyesi, several historical and archaeological lectures were delivered. Viktor Kanász, a research associate of the Research Group, presented a presentation before Professor László Solymosi's lecture, discussing the diplomatic relations between Veszprém and the Holy See in the 1550s. He touched upon the appointment and papal confirmation of bishops in Veszprém during that period, highlighted how news of the 1552 Turkish siege of Veszprém reached Rome, and outlined the significance of Bishop Pál Bornemissza's 1553 testimony before the nuncio Girolamo Martinengo. Additionally, he emphasized that the contemporary history of Veszprém and its diocese holds many previously unknown or scarcely known sources in the Italian papal archives, illustrating this with specific examples. His presentation in written form will be available in the upcoming issue of the journal.

On November 29, within the framework organized by the Sic Itur ad Astra Workshop, a conference titled "Education and Society" was held at the Szekfű Gyula Library of the Faculty of Humanities at Eötvös Loránd University. During this event, Viktor Kanász delivered a lecture titled "Expectations and Reality: Schoolmasters in the Veszprém Diocese in the 1770s." Drawing from the visitation records of 1778-1779, he elucidated the expectations set for schoolmasters concerning education, conduct, and choir leadership within the diocese, as well as the issues encountered during the visitation process. He particularly focused on the education of schoolmasters, outlining how the literacy of this social stratum evolved in the archidiaconatus of Zala, Veszprém, and Somogy.

(The photos of the conference in Veszprém were taken by Zsolt Zachár.)