Selected Passages from Hungarian-Ottoman Wars

1588: the destruction of Endréd Palisade Castle

The Palisade castles in Somogy County

23 October 1588, Berenhidai Huszár Péter destroyed the Palisade Castle of Endréd 

The „small war” was raging as always between the Ottoman Empire and the Hungarians, in spite of the Truce. In fact, the members of the Valiant Order – including the Turks – agreed that a siege without cannons was not breaching the peace.

Tihany (Photo: Mocsarbalazs)

The Hungarian Borderland-warriors on the northern bank of Lake Balaton, namely in Tihany, Csobánc, and Pápa castles have been annoyed for a long time by the Palisade Castle of Endréd (Balatonendréd) that was held by the Ottoman soldiers on the southern bank. It was Captain Pisky István of Tihany Castle who attacked and occupied Endréd for the first time, during the summer of 1587. Also, he took lots of booties home.

The remains of the Turk earth palisade castle at Endrőd (picture: Szőlősi Gábor)

When the Turks mended the fort, it was attacked again by the troops of Captain Berenhidai Huszár Péter of Pápa Castle. The Captain crossed the water of Lake Balaton during the dawn of 23 October 1588. Then, he joined the unit of Pisky István and assaulted Endréd castle.

As for Captain Tarnóczy Farkas of Veszprém castle, he didn’t dare to join them because he was afraid of the Turks’ reaction, not to mention the presumed reproach from Vienna. The soldiers of Huszár and Pisky cut the Ottoman guards and the agha down and took 9 captives home. They managed to gain 29 horses as well.

The contemporary picture of Huszár Péter

The Pasha of Buda was angry and demanded the punishment of Huszár Péter and the Military Council in Vienna promised him to take action against the truce-breakers. But it has remained just a promise.

Vienna punished only the losers of these kinds of actions, the winners avoided the reproach and sometimes were even rewarded.

(Source: Szibler Gábor)