Metamorphosis Transylvaniae

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2005-09-28
  • Publisher: Taylor and Fran

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Baron Peter Apor lamented the passing of traditional Transylvanian practices and the Metamorphosis, written in 1783, is not a memoir in the usual sense so much a record of a vanishing way of that the life author had enjoyed in his youth, and had been told of by his elders. Apor focuses on the world he knew: upper-class society, the company of Princes and Counts. He gives detailed accounts of Transylvanian dress, feasts, rituals, ceremonials, travelling, weddings, funerals and other social functions that are unrivalled for gusto, humour and color. Here, for example, are young Lords whose horses had harnesses set with gems; Counts with forty castles; hospitality of a truly prodigious nature beginning with vermouth at breakfast drunk from silver goblets; fine banquets taken to the sound of pipes and violins, finishing with rousing dances such as the Mouse Dance.

Table of Contents

Introduction vii
Glossary xviii
Place-Names xx
A Guide to Hungarian Pronunciation xxiii
The Reason for These Writings
Of Titles
Of Hospitality, Luncheon and Dinner
Of the Prince's Luncheon and Dinner
Of the Dress of the Transylvanians of Old
Of the Social Intercourse and Journeying of the Transylvanians of Old
In What Vehicles the Transylvanians of Old Travelled
How the Hungarians of Old Loaded and Travelled in the Chaises and Coaches Described
Of the weddings and marriages of the Transylvanians of old
Of the Funerals of the Transylvanians of old
The Ancient High Offices of Transylvania
Of the Ancient Oaths, the Cursings and the Modesty of the Transylvanians
Of the Catholic Religion
Endnotes 113

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