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But her literary reputation depends on her autobiographical Eletenek maga altal val6 rovid leirasa (A brief account of her own life, 1740s-59), a revelation of her spiritual stress and agony that foreshadows psychoanalysis. Her style is crisp and succinct; the recently discovered final chapters end in mid-sentence, describing her last illness - a poignant ending to an unusually powerful memoir. 12 The seventeenth century was a time of great confusion in Hungary, for it was not until 1686 that the Turks were defeated at the siege of Buda.

But their author also had a deeper purpose in that the morality extolled in them, especially with regard to fidelity in marriage, had its roots in her own situation and was perhaps in part an attempt to justify her moral stance and behaviour in the contemporary climate of loose sexual morality. RadziwiUowa was also a poet, especially in her younger years, and a prolific writer of letters - especially to her husband Michal Kazimierz Radziwill, who was often away from home. Over a thousand letters are to be found in the Radziwill Archive in Warsaw.

8 The Bartfa (now Bardejov) hymnal was based on Bornemisza's earlier work. ), E. Hargitay, Budapest, 1981, I, 244-50 and 350. 10 Regi magyar levelestar I, 276. , I, 292. ), The Everyman Companion to East European Literature, London, Dent, 1993, with kind permission from the publisher. 13 Harom vereb hat szemmel, Budapest, 1977, pp. 253-4. 4 Women in Croatian Literary Culture, 16th to 18th Centuries Dunja Falisevac (trans. Celia Hawkesworth) As elsewhere, female figures appear in Croatian medieval culture simply as objects, passive beings, secondary characters in a literary text, depicted far more often negatively than positively.

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