Berenhidai Huszár Péter, a Hungarian Hero
He was a valiant Hungarian soldier who was closed in a prison for his victories. He was one of the greatest warriors but he was not appreciated by the Habsburg ruler as much as he should have been.
Berenhidai Huszár Péter (?-?1603) used to be a Hussar officer in the 16th century Hungarian Borderland. (Note, I use the Oriental name order for Hungarian names where family names come first.) He began his career as a mere Hussar of the Valiant Order but he has become the greatest duelist, falling in the footsteps of Lord Thury György. Read more about the Valiant Order here:
After he defeated the Turkish Deli Csáffer in a duel, he and his captain were invited to Vienna and it is a fact that he got imprisoned for a short time for this fight. Although duels were banned so far nobody had been punished for it with prison. He, the winner of many duels and victor of many battles became the first who was sent to the dungeon for it. Luckily, he was soon released: the Habsburgs needed talented warriors like him. He must have had a good reputation because he was appointed as the chief captain of Pápa castle in 1593, though. Let us remark, that Pápa was a very important fortification to the Habsburgs because it was defending the direct passage to Vienna. You can read more about its history here:
Due to his many victories, even the Ottomans honored and respected him. The most famous commanders of the age had asked for his council and he was fighting in the units of Nádasdy Ferenc (the Black Bey), in Batthyány Boldizsár and Zrínyi György (aka Juraj Zrinski)’s units. There were no major battles without him. Yet, he was sued from time to time. His next court case was held because of the taking of the Castle of Koppány as he had taken part in it with the warriors of Pápa City without having obtained a permit beforehand.
When Huszár was the captain of Pápa castle, he exchanged letters with Nádasdy Ferenc in January 1589 about a raid against the Ottomans. Nádasdy wrote the following to Pápa castle:
Huszár Péter in Transylvania
Later he went to serve the Prince of Transylvania. There he voted against Prince Báthory Zsigmond and was imprisoned to Déva castle; it was General Basta who set him free.
Basta made him the captain of Lugos. At the siege of Lugos Castle, he was captured. Although Pasha Bektás wanted to save his life, he was ceded to the Crimean Tatars by Székely Mózes. Finally, the Tatars killed him mercilessly, to the eternal shame of Székely Mózes. It took place on 11 April 1603. The Tatars ritually murdered him in front of their leader’s tent, drank from his blood, skinned his skull, and stuffed it with hay.
You can read more about the events of the 15-Year-War and learn more about the Transylvanian situation in 1599 when Huszár Péter was in the service of Prince Báthory András:
(Source: partly from Szibler Gábor)
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