János Baranyai Decsi
He completed his studies in Tolna, Debrecen and Kolozsvár. In 1587, he travelled abroad accompanying the young Hungarian aristocrat, Ferenc Bánffy de Losoncz. The pair studied in Wittenberg, where Bánffy was elected as rector.
In 1590, they moved to Strasbourg. The family estate had been ruined by the Ottoman Turks in Hungary. In 1592, he moved to Kolozsvár, where the Duke, Báthory Zsigmond /Sigismund Báthory, supported him. The following year, he moved to Marosvásárhely where he began working as a teacher, which he held until his death.
History of Hungary 1592–1598
Baranyai was close to the official documents of the Transylvanian court, he mentions as informators Márton Pethe, Demeter Naprágyi, Ferenc Dersffy, Sebestyén Thököly, László Hommonai, Miklós Czobor. He even interviewed the beg of Lippa Mohamed in prison.
His source for earlier periods is often Antonio Bonfini. His relation to the Catholic duke was contradictory; on the one hand Baranyai needed the prince's support to finance his own work, but Baranyai often spoke out against what he perceived as the duke's crimes and impotence in military or political matters. He often quotes the facts without commentary.
The work would copy Antonio Bonfini in its structure, written in the form of the ten decades of Hungarian history but Baranyai only wrote the tenth decade.
- Hungarian translation of Sallustius's Catilina, Iugurtha published in 1609
- History of Hungary 1592–1598
- Poems in Latin and Greek
- Thesis on the Hunnic-Scythian alphabet
- Hungarian translation of Erasmus of Rotterdam's proverb collection
- Essay on the Hungarian Law "Syntagma institutinonum iuris imperialis ac Ungarici" published 1593 in Kolozsvár
Baranyi Decsi Janos magyar historiaja (1592–1598) Budapest 1981 Helikon translated from Latin by Kulcsar Peter