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By Peter Petro

A survey of the heritage of Slovak literature from the center a while to the current. The medieval, Renaissance, baroque, classical, romantic, realist and glossy sessions are highlighted as are contributions of writers like Hronsky, Kollar, Papanek, Rufus, Safarik, Transovshy, Tatarka and Zaborsky.

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By Peter Petro

A survey of the heritage of Slovak literature from the center a while to the current. The medieval, Renaissance, baroque, classical, romantic, realist and glossy sessions are highlighted as are contributions of writers like Hronsky, Kollar, Papanek, Rufus, Safarik, Transovshy, Tatarka and Zaborsky.

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The Turks behead him, boil his head in vinegar, and impale it on a lance for exhibition. Historical songs were a popular form, and there are several about the sacking by the Turks of the castles Modry Kamen, Divin, Zvolen, and Somos. The oldest of this genre is a song about the Muran Castle, written by Martin Bosnak, but it is unrelated to the Turkish menace. This song describes the defeat of a robber knight who, with his sons, operated from this castle 1522 to 1550). The fight was won by Count Nicholas of Salma, who led a force of Spanish mercenaries under the command of Ferdinand I.

Most of them are rather exotic (the Georgian queen is helped by Minerva, Iris, and Vulcan), and this mixture of Greek mythology and Oriental adventure story may have been an adaptation of a German play. Foreign theatre companies started to tour in Slovakia; Austrian and Italian companies first appeared in the seventeenth century, followed by Bohemian troupes, and they performed in Bratislava and Kosice. Toward the end of the eighteenth century, interest in the theatre among the nobility and the townfolk was on the rise.

One of them asks for weapons and joins the men in the fourteenth assault. After killing a number of Turks, she is shot. When the Turks get inside the fortress, Zrinsky is dying. The Turks behead him, boil his head in vinegar, and impale it on a lance for exhibition. Historical songs were a popular form, and there are several about the sacking by the Turks of the castles Modry Kamen, Divin, Zvolen, and Somos. The oldest of this genre is a song about the Muran Castle, written by Martin Bosnak, but it is unrelated to the Turkish menace.

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