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COUNT MIKLOS ZRINYI (1508—1566)

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Originally appearing in Volume V28, Page 1045 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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COUNT MIKLOS ZRINYI (1508—1566), Hungarian hero, was a son of Mikl6s Zrinyi and Ilona Karlovics. He distinguished himself at the siege of Vienna in 1529, and in 1542 saved the imperial army from defeat before Pest by intervening with 400 Croats, for which service he was appointed ban of Croatia. In 1542 he routed the Turks at Somlyo. In 1543 he married Catherine Frargipan, who placed the whole of her vast estates at his disposal. The Emperor Ferdinand also gave him large possessions in Hungary, and henceforth the Zrinyis became as much Magyar as Croatian magnates. In 1556 Zrinyi won a series of victories over the Turks, culminating in the battle of Babocsa. The Croatians, however, overwhelmed their ban with reproaches for neglecting them to fight for the Magyars, and the emperor simultaneously deprived him of the captaincy of Upper Croatia and sent 1o,000 men to aid the Croats, while the Magyars were left without any help, where-upon Zrinyi resigned the banship (1561). In 1563, on the coronation of the Emperor Maximilian as king of Hungary, Zrinyi attended the ceremony at the head of 3000 Croatian and Magyar mounted noblemen, in the vain hope of obtaining the dignity of palatine, vacant by the death of Thomas Nadasdy. Shortly after marrying(in 1564) his second wife, Eva Rosenberg, a great Bohemian heiress, he hastened -southwards to defend the frontier, defeated the Turks at Segesd, and in 1566 from the 5th of August to the 7th of September heroically defended the little fortress of Szigetvar against the whole Turkish host, led by Suleiman the Magnificent in person, perishing with every member of the garrison in a last desperate sortie. See F. Salamon, Ungarn im Zeitalter der Tiirkenherrschaft (Leipzig, 1887) ; J. Csuday, The Zrinyis in Hungarian History (Hun .) Szombathely. 1884, 8vo. (R. N. B.
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Zrinyi family (originally - Zrinski) was not only Hungarian. Actually, it was of a Croatian origin and member of a Croatian nobility, as well as Hungarian. Term BAN (of Croatia)is tagged, but leading to a wrong place. In Croatia, ban is a title, not a law.
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