All the Variety of Europe: follow the footsteps of Márton Szepsi Csombor, one of the first Hungarians who set foot in London, through the City of London to Westminster.
|Csombor’s account of his journey, Europica Varietas, is the first Hungarian travel book, and it was published in 1620. Csombor was a schoolmaster of Calvinist faith in Kassa (Kosice, Slovakia) and he undertook his journey across Europe, on foot, in 1618. He is the first writer to describe London in Hungarian.|
Find out how expensive travelling was for a Hungarian in 17th-century London, marvel at the size of the city and the beauty of its women. Join the traveller for a stroll along the Thames, to be followed by a beer in the pub. Hang out with other visitors to the city in 1618.
Read the full Hungarian text. The passages cited, and rearranged in the style of a modern travel guide, are from the English version by Bernard Adams, 2014.