Vol 1 No 1 (2021)
Western Historiographic Ideas in Central Europe

The Appearance of “Feudalism” and “Feudal” Forms of Property in Medieval Hungary

Gábor Thoroczkay
Department of Medieval History, Faculty of Humanities, Eötvös Loránd University, H-1088 Budapest, Múzeum krt. 6–8., Hungary
Published April 30, 2021
  • Hungary,
  • feudalism,
  • historiography,
  • honour,
  • system of honour


This paper presents the changes in the concept of feudalism from the end of the eighteenth century to the present day in both general and Hungarian medieval research. The author notes that the concept of feudalism has been losing ground for decades in general medieval research. The system which was previously thought to be feudalism never really took root Hungary, but certain phenomena close to the European standard can be recognized: praedium, nobiles praediales, etc. The second part of the study examines the appearance of honour (honor) in Hungary, the heyday of which, according to the renowned Hungarian historian Pál Engel, was during the Angevin period. The final part of the study deals in detail with the possible patterns and antecedents of the honour system in the Árpádian period.