By Janos Thuroczy
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Tvrtko II Tvrtkovic. Bosna u prvoj polovini XV stoljeea [Tvrtko II. Bosnia in the first half of the XVth century]. Sarajevo, 1981. ________________________________________________ 21 Chronology of Events The chronological order of the events reported in Thuroczy's work is inaccurate and confused. Explanatory notes can rectify individual errors, but they cannot supply readers with the guide they need to find their way among them. A chronological table to the work has therefore been supplied here, so that the true sequence of events can be followed easily.
The queen's speech pleased everyone there present. And so on the most solemn feast of Pentecost, Margrave Sigismund, in his twentieth year,31 was with great jubi30. Thuroczy frequently pointed out to his readers the perils that female rule would bring to the country. In writing his chronicle he was motivated by the beliefs of his age and by court intrigues. King Matthias Corvinus (14581490), whom he served, was laboring then to assure the succession for his illegitimate son at the expense of his own wife.
King Sigismund therefore returned home and gave his knights and weapons one year's respite. 53 ffi 201 (VI): WHAT FOLLOWS CONCERNS THE EXPEDITION OF KING SIGISMUND'S ARMY AGAINST THE TRANSALPINE REGIONS, AND THE DEATH OF QUEEN MARY ffi E! fier these events, King Sigismund in the sixth year 54 ~ of his reign made war on the transalpine peoples, who had hired a powerful band of Turks55 to defend them because they did not think they could rely on their own strength alone. When the royal troops had crossed the Alps56 and descended to the level ground of that region, and when the two enemies had arranged themselves in formation and engaged in a pitched battle, each eager to put their own strength to the test, both the Turks and the Wallachians at once sought protection in flight, terrified by the flashing of the brightly shining armor that shielded the troops of the royal expedition.