Selected Passages from Hungarian-Ottoman Wars


Welcome to the Hungarian-Ottoman Wars!

Somoskő and Salgó castles

In this blog, I wish to share with you an exciting, though not well-known or understood, period of time. It was a real-life Game of Thrones, with all of Europe, itself, as the final prize. Its events had many far-reaching consequences that still affect our lives to this day in many surprising ways.

To fill in the gap in English-speaking social media, I began my Facebook page „Hungaries 1632” in 2016.

The term „Hungaries” was created to describe the Hungarian-Ottoman wars on the lands of Royal Hungary, Transylvania, and the Ottoman Occupied Lands. Now it is called “Hungarian History 1366-1699”, for the sake of a better understanding.

My goal was to tell the properly researched history of how the Hungarians and many soldiers from Europe fought against the might of the Ottoman Empire from 1368 to 1699.

Who were the warriors of the Valiant Order, the last knights of Europe? I would like to give an account of their fights on the 1,000-mile-long Military Borderland that separated the Christian and the Muslim world for so many generations. At the same time, I would like to describe all their castles and strongholds.

I hope that I do justice in my telling of these stories, so that we may properly honor our ancestors.

Here is my Facebook page Hungarian History 1366-1699 (formerly it was called “Hungaries 1632”):

We have the largest Facebook Group where this topic is being discussed on social media, come and join us:

In our brand new Facebook group called “Spreading Hungarian History, Culture, and Castles in the World” you can discuss all aspects of Hungarian history, not just during the period of the Ottoman wars:

Enjoy our history for it is your history.

Please, share these stories in the English-speaking world to make Hungarian history more popular and known.

Wishing you my best intentions at all times:

Szántai Gábor

Please note, that I am intentionally using the Oriental name order for Hungarians where family names come first.

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