Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Arts


Medieval Studies

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access


This is a study of the political history of Hungary in the first part of the thirteenth century. Special attention is given to the political role played by King Bela from 1214 until the Mongol invasion of 1241. The focus of the first part of the study is the relationship between King Bela and his father King Andrew II. In the second half of the study, the focus shifts to the policies pursued by King Bela once he became the sole ruler of the kingdom.

The study sheds light on the reasons for the Hungarian defeat by the Mongol armies led by Batu Khan in 1241, providing a picture of the political developments before the Mongol invasion.