Selected Passages from Hungarian-Ottoman Wars between 1372-1699

Just a scene from the last days of Kőszeg’ s siege in 1532:

The Siege of Kőszeg (Güns) in 1532

Imagine: the defenders, led by Nikola Jurišić (Jurisics Miklós) had less than 100 soldiers and 700 armed peasants, not counting the 2,000 women and children, faced Sultan Suleiman’s army of minimum 100,000 men. After repelling 18 full-scale assaults between 5 August and 27 August, the Turks launched their last attack against the surviving Hungarian and Croatian defenders.

Jurisics Miklós aka Nikola Jurisic

According to the local legend of Saint Márton (Martin), this final assault was beaten back in a very curious way.

As it was, the Turks had been storming the walls mightily ever since dawn and were pushing back the defenders, even Captain Jurisics received a wound. Everything was hopeless, the enemy was in the castle already.

The Saint Jakab church in Kőszeg

Legend says that the folks in Kőszeg held a Holy Mass at 5 o’clock in the morning in the Saint Jakab church. They wanted to get prepared for certain death, and at the same time, they wanted to witness the wedding of Markó Bálint and his bride, Margit. The bride was dressed in white and the people took on their brightest clothes, too.

In the meantime, the defenders could not stop the Turks and were forced back until the church’s wall.

The frontal side of the Saint Jakab church in Kőszeg

Seeing this, Markó Bálint took his sword and joined the soldiers but his bride followed him with a drawn sword. The people poured out from the church and rushed to the help of the yelling, screaming bride who attacked the enemy like an avenging angel.

Margit wanted to defend her love by all means and she was slaughtering the enemy. On her heels, the folks were so loud that the foe got frightened from this unexpected sight and turning their back, they fled. What a surreal scene.

Later, the shocked Janissaries told their officers that they were not able to fight against heavenly creatures who took the shape of humans.

More will be told about this wonderful siege later. Until you can read the short summary of Ottoman-Hungarian wars here:

(Source: Zed Zidar found it in a document found by Horváth Ferenc in the 1960s in Kőszeg.)


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