Leonard Stöckel a legenda o ľubietovských mučeníkoch
Leonhard Stöckel and the legend of the martyrs of Ľubietová
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This paper examines the written sources concerning the legend of the Lutheran martyrs of Ľubietová. Unfortunately, any contemporary sources relating to the facts and events of 1526 and 1527 are not known today. Through the centuries the authenticity of the legend depended on whether the author describing it was Catholic or Protestant. The first references to the story appear from the second half of the sixteenth century in polemic literature. Then, from the seventeenth century, mainly Protestant writers and historians mentioned the events in greater detail. The most elaborated sources of the story of the pastor and teacher of Ľubietová are the following: a description attributed to Leonhard Stöckel from the beginning of the seventeenth century, and an entry by Stefan Xylander in the manuscript titled Matricula Molleriana. This paper also examines the differences between these two texts.
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