About Janus Pannonius
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Janus Pannonius (Latin: Janus Pannonius, Croatian: Ivan Česmički, Hungarian: Csezmiczei János, or Kesencei; 29 August 1434, Čazma – 27 March 1472, Medvedgrad castle, nearby Zagreb) was a Croatian and Hungarian Latinist, poet, diplomat and Bishop of Pécs. He was the only truly significant poet of the Renaissance in the Kingdom of Hungary and one of the better-known figures of Humanist poetry in Europe.
He was born in a small village near the Drava river in a corner of Slavonia. Janus's nationality has been an ongoing argument between Croatian and Hungarian scholars.
Janus’s father was a Croatian whose social status and belongness to the nobility is unclear. His mother, Borbála Vitéz, was Hungarian.
His mother, Borbála Vitéz came from a lower ranked noble family on her mother's side (the Garázda genus, originally Bosnian ancestry) and she was originated from Pilis county on her father's side (the surname of her family "Vitéz" is a latter name, they were originally called "Csévi"). The Garázda family was related to the Szilágyi and Hunyadi families. She was the sister of Archbishop Vitéz.