Hagymási, Bálint

Bálint Hagymási  (Varasd, 1490 – unknown place, after 12th January 1517) humanist writer. His family moved from northern Hungary to the Délvidék in the 14th century. Between 1506 and 1516, he studied in Italy at the expense of György Szatmári, Bishop of Pécs. Between 1509 and 1513, he was a student of Giovanbattista Pio in Bologna. From 1512, canon in Pécs and Székesfehérvár. Here, he wrote his dedication of his “Little work of the praise and condemnation of wine and water” (Opusculum de laudibus et vituperio vini et aquae) to György Szatmáry. Nothing else is known about his life. His poem, Ad Pannoniam, was the fourth piece of his volume of poems written in honour of his master, Pio. He wrote the Opusculum in 1516, in the house of György Szatmári, vicar of Pécs, after a long argument about drinking wine. He blends vagant poetry with a version of Isocrates’ declamatio. The Praise of Folly, written by Erasmus, also influenced Hagymási. In his works, he condemns the behaviour of the Church as the main reason for the rebellion led by Dózsa.

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