General Pálffy Miklós (1552-1600)

General Pálffy Miklós was a famous Hungarian hero of the 15-Year-War. Read the praise of Pálffy Miklós from his lethal enemy, an Ottoman officer from the Grand Vizier’s army at Buda Castle:
„Here, in Turkey, your Highness has a great and good reputation among all the warriors, your Highness is being praised by great respect and valiance.” (My remark: all the Ottoman-held lands, including Buda, were considered Turkey in that age.) You can read more about the 15-Year War on my page:

Chief Captain Pálffy Miklós 1552-1600

Pálffy was born in 1552 and has gained a both national and international reputation with his military and political activity.
He grew up with the sons of Emperor Maximilian (like Nádasdy Ferenc) and he traveled all around Europe. You can read more about Pálffy Tamás, his younger brother on my page, he was also a brave warrior of the Borderland:

COA of Pálffy Miklós (Photo by GiMa38)

Although Hungary was almost fully Protestant, Pálffy Miklós remained Catholic and his loyalty to the Habsburgs was unquestionable. This was why his career became fast and King Rudolf made him a baron in 1581.

Pálffy Miklós (1552-1600)

He became a Royal Chief Chamberlain at the same time. He was appointed as Chief Comes of Pozsony (Pressburg, Bratislava) in 1590 and thus a country baron. Also, he made a good marriage, he wed the daughter of the famous German Fugger family, Mary, and purchased the Castle of Vöröskő from them as well.


Together with his friend, Nádasdy Ferenc, they launched many smaller attacks against the Turks and won many victories.
Due to his success, he was appointed as Captain of Komárom in 1584 and the Captain of Érsekújvár (Nové Zámky) in 1589 which were signs of serious appreciation.

The statue of Pálffy and Schwarzenberg in Győr

He took part in almost all the serious moves of the 15-Year-War:
in the Battle of Fehérvár in 1593, then in the retaking of the castles of Nógrád County, as well as in the siege of Esztergom Castle in 1594 and in the attempt to relieve the besieged Győr. Next year he was at the retaking of Esztergom where he had an important role when he defeated the Turk reinforcing army at Párkány (Sturovo) and he was there in the Battle of Mezőkeresztes in 1596, too. 
He retook Tata Castle in 1597 and took Győr back in the following year. My page is full of his deeds, you can find his name mentioned at several places in my article if you use the “search” function of my page. 

Note the Turk figure under Pálffy’s COA in Vöröskő castle (Photo: Ľuboš Repta)

King Rudolf made him a “Knight with a gold stirrup” and he was given a gold goblet from the Austrian Estates. He accepted nothing else, saying he had been fighting for his Homeland. He was considered at that time as the second most successful general after Hunyadi János. Pálffy was made the Chief Captain of Esztergom in 1595. He was the only Hungarian nobleman of the age who was nationalized as an Austrian and a Moravian noble by the Austrian and the Moravian Estates. He maintained good connections with them later, too.

The portrait of Maria Fugger (1566-1643) in Vöröskő (Photo: Ľuboš Repta)

His international reputation was due to his wife’s connections as well. His name was printed and spread all over Europe.
He finished his life soon because of the constant warring lifestyle. He is buried in the Saint Martin Church of Pozsony (Bratislava, Pressburg).

The tomb of Pálffy Miklós (Pozsony / Bratislava / Pressburg, St. Martin Chatedral)

You can read about the life of his son, János (1664-1751) who was the Palatine of Hungary:

Pálffy János

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