PÉTER TUSOR, The Papal Consistories and Hungary in the 15th–16th centuries, To the history of the Hungarian Royal Patronage and Supremacy (CVH II/4), Budapest–Rome, 2012. (pp. 186 + map and facsimiles)
The volume that was written in English language presents the relationship of the Apostolic See and the Hungarian Kingdom in the 15–16th century in the light of the documents of the consistory, the most important cultural institute of the age. In the examined period of time the most significant advisory and decision making body of the pope was the consistory. A good portion of its documents were preserved in the Vatican Secret Archives (Archivio Segreto Vaticano).
The first part of the book enumerates the history of the consistory and its complex operation, the filling of the consistorial benefices, the not easy process of the canonical examination of bishop-nominees, the course of business of the consistory and the subsequent issue of bulls. The second part of the work as the title of the volume also shows deals with the relations of the consistory and Hungary in the 15–16th century. It can be read in it about the presence of the Hungarian affairs on the agenda of the consistories and the filling of Hungarian ecclesiastical benefices. Besides it devotes many pages to the history of the ecclesiastical benefices before the battle of Mohács and in connection with it to the history of the Hungarian royal patronage and supremacy, furthermore, to the nature of the changes of the relations of Rome and the Hungarian church after the Battle of Mohács. All these are completed by rich note apparatus of Hungarian and foreign literature.
The content is demonstrated well by the twenty-one original Latin sources with English abstracts, the maps of the same good quality as the former volumes, and the six black and white photos that illustrate the sources. In the volume the work of the researchers is aided by an Index and a Hungarian Resume at the end of it.