Vol. 19 No. 1-2 (2018)

La famiglia Boér di Nagyberivó e ruolo suo nella guerra d’indipendenza di Rákóczi

Balázs Demjén
Università Cattolica Péter Pázmány

Published 01-12-2018

How to Cite

Demjén, B. (2018). La famiglia Boér di Nagyberivó e ruolo suo nella guerra d’indipendenza di Rákóczi. Verbum – Analecta Neolatina, 19(1-2), 221–229. Retrieved from https://ojs.ppke.hu/verbum/article/view/326


The Romanians participating in the uprising of 1703–1711 can be divided into four groups: the people in the rising army sporadically documented by the scripts, as well as the heroes of the popular tradition, in connection with the Greek Catholic–Orthodox dichotomy. Furthermore, we can observe those in a diplomatic relationship with the two Romanian principalities, Valachia and Moldva, and finally, we can talk about the families supporting Rákóczi – especially the Boér family of Nagyberivó. The Greek Catholic family had three main (Szkorei, Kövesdi, Berivói) and more than twenty less important branches by the 17th and 18th century. In the Kövesdi Boér family we can find Ferenc (?–1720), the stepfather of the famous exiled writer, Kelemen Mikes (1690–1761), who also participated in the war of independence; while the Nagyberivói Boér branch had several members supporting Prince Rákóczi, such as Sámuel (the richest one, tradesman of cereals, with Valachian principal relations), Tamás (writer of a memorandum of loyalty to the Prince in Fogaras, 1705) and Zsigmond (gregarius member of Rákóczi’s Noble Society since 1708). The Nagyberivói Boér family had also intensive exchange of ideas (even parental relationship in some cases) with other families of Romanian origin in Transylvania (e.g., Sztojka, Sztán, Thalaba) during the uprising. The bibliography mainly contains the archival scripts of the family Boér of Nagyberivó but there are also publications of sources published since 1873 until today (Archivum Rákóczianum I–XII, Letterbook of the Transilvanian Consilium, Scripts of Pál Ráday I–II).