Pilarik, Stephen

Pilarik, Stephen a Hungarian ecclesiastic of some distinction, was born at Otschova in 1615. He was the son of a Protestant clergyman, and also devoted himself to the ministry, and his talent as a preacher soon got him a widespread reputation. In the year 1663, while travelling, he was captured by Tartars, who reduced him to slavery. He died February 8, 1693, at Neusalza. His principal writings are, Currus Jehovae mirabilis (Wittenberg, 1678, 4to); and Turcico-Tartarica crudelitas (Buda, 1684, 4to), a touching account of his captivity. His son, also called Stephen, who died in 1710, left some works. now forgotten. — Hoefer, Nouv. Biog. Generale, 40:229.

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