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 and surprising ways.

To fill in the gap in the 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.

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 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 I may properly honor our ancestors.

Here is my Facebook page “Hungaries 1632”:


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

Note, I am intentionally using the Eastern name order for Hungarians where family names come first.

You can follow my work on Patreon, signing up to receive updates costs nothing; but naturally, I would appreciate your support very much:




You can support my work by getting a copy of my ebooks or you can make a donation here:

My books are available in my Shop:


“33 Castles, Battles, Legends” in ebook, in black-and-white or color paperback:


"The Ring of Kékkő Castle" in paperback and in ebook:


I have a "Weekly Planner for 2021", with plenty of color woodcuts of Hungarian castles: