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Lady Mária Széchy, the “Venus of Murány Castle”

Lady Mária Széchy, the “Venus of Murány Castle”   Murány Castle (Muránsky Hrad) was perhaps one of the most formidable forts in the Upper Lands of the Hungarian Kingdom. It is sitting on the steepest and highest cliffs of the Carpathian Mountains. You can read about this castle here. A scandalous lady Countess Mária Széchy […]

The Lady who saved Sigismund’s life

The Lady who saved King Sigismund’s life The lady who saved King Sigismund’s life was Lady Cecille Rozgonyi. She came to the rescue of King Sigismund (1368-1437)  in 1428. It happened during the siege of Galambóc / Golubac Castle. Treason in 1428: the king was betrayed Now, Galambóc (Голубац/Golubac, Taubenberg, Gögerdsinlik) is a settlement in […]

A Leathal Debate

A lethal debate between Wallenstein and Zrinyi   The lethal debate between General Wallenstein and György Zrinyi was just the beginning of the hostilities between the Habsburgs and the Zrínyis… This story took place during the Thirty Years’ War. This war was raging primarily in Central Europe between 1618 and 1648. It was one of the most […]

The Heroic Death of Mihály Dobozi

Battle of Pusztamarót (13-15 September 1526). After the Battle of Mohács… Sultan Suleiman defeated the Hungarian army on 29 August 1526 and the young Hungarian King, Louis II, had died in the battle. (Watch the animated video of the battle with English subtitles here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mdIgp1davEY) However, the Sultan was not sure of his victory and […]

The Ottoman concept of “Kizil Elma”

The Ottoman onslaught Kizil Elma. We know that the Ottomans regarded the important Christian towns which were the targets of their imperial desires as „Golden Apples”. Nándorfehérvár aka Belgrade, the gateway to the Hungarian Kingdom, was just such a fruit and Buda Castle was the next one to pick. The rest of the apples, like Vienna, […]

Captain György Thury, the famous duelist

The warrior of the Valiant Order György (George) Thury (1519-1571) was the most famous Hungarian duelist, his admirers called him the Hungarian El-Cid. Contemporary sources say he won 600 duels. Swordsmen rushed to challenge him from three continents, the Ottoman warriors especially wanted to see him dead. It was no wonder that King Ferdinand acknowledged […]