I'm sorry I couldn't reply you in time on the old forum, but I will do it here
Before I start this I would like to clarify some aspects of the 15th century, in Hungary. The ethnic factor, as we know it today, didn't exist until the 18th or 19th century. The most important factor was the religion. Also Hungary was the nobility. The catholic nobles were the "nation". The Hungarian serfs were no better then the Romanian ones, maybe except for the fact that they were catholic and not eastern orthodox.
When Transylvania was annexed (to avoid the "conquest" term) by the Hungarians, many Romanian nobles converted to Catholicism, in order to keep their status. From then on they started to mix among them. It didn't matter if they were Hungarian , Romanian, Szeklers or Germans. They were catholic nobles.
Iancu de Hunedoara/ Janos Huniady
His father, Voicu, was a small Wallachian nobleman, who together with his brothers took refuge to Transylvania, because of the situation south of the Carpathians between 1396-1398. In this period Wallachia was a theatre of battle between Turkish, Romanian and Hungarian forces.
Voicu and his brothers, Mogos and Radu, entered the Hungarian king's (Sigismund of Luxemburg) service. However, he distinguished himself under the command of Pippo Spano (Filippo Scolari). He was rewarded the Hunedoara castle and he married a noble of Hungarian origin (most likely), Clara. From this marriage, resulted three boys (two Johns and one Voicu) and two girls. The young Voicu died as a child, but the other John accompanied Iancu de Hunedoara/Janos Huniady in his battles until his death in 1441 in the battles around Belgrade.
In 1430, Iancu/Janos entered, like his father, in the service of Sigismund of Luxemburg. He also married that year with Elisabeth of Szilagy, who gave him two sons: Ladislau (1431) and Mattia (in 1443; here I would like to make a short comment: Mattia isn't Mathew, it was the name of another saint; Romanian sometimes mistranslate the name as "Matei", which is Mathew).
The rest of the story is well known.
I would kine to end by saying that he was not a Hungarian or a Romanian or a Slav hero, but a CHRISTIAN hero!!!
Last edited by Victor on 24 Mar 2002 12:04, edited 1 time in total.