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FRANCIS I

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Originally appearing in Volume V22, Page 868 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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FRANCIS I., prince of Transylvania (1645-1676), was the only son of George Rakbczy II. and Sophia Bathory. He was elected prince of Transylvania during his father's lifetime (Feb. 18, 1652), but lost both crown and father at the same time, and withdrew to the family estates, where, at Patak and Makovica, he kept a splendid court. His mother converted him to Catholicism, and on the 1st of March 1666 he married Helen Zrinyi. In 1670 he was implicated in the Zrinyi-Frangepan conspiracy, and only saved his life by the interposition of the Jesuits on the payment of an enormous ransom. See Sandor Szilagyi, The Rdkoczy Family in the 17th Century (Hung.) (Pest, 1861).
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