ELIÁŠ BERGER (1562 – 1644), CISÁRSKY HISTORIOGRAF A POETA LAUREATUS
Eliáš Berger (1562 – 1644), imperial historian and poet laureate
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Eliáš Berger from Grünberg (1562 Brezno – 1644 Skalica) worked as a historian at the court of the Emperor Rudolf II and later of Mathias II of Habsburg. He also engaged in politics. Great socio-political interest in support for the Archduke Mathias and his power-political ambitions with the aim of calming and improving the domestic situation and strengthening pro-national feelings in the Kingdom of Hungary united various representatives of the aristocratic families and important humanists at the beginning of the 17th century. Berger cooperated in these aims with his literary work, together with Stephen Ilesházi and Peter Révai. The literary output of Eliáš Berger is remarkable from 1600 – 1638. He wrote 20 larger works as well as shorter literary texts. Above all, he helped to influence political and social developments with his historical and political writing.
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