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Hungary Past and Present

Mátyás is Elected King / Mátyást királlyá választják
Mátyás is Elected King / Mátyást királlyá választják

Lengyel Dénes, Bencédi Székely István és Thuróczi János krónikája alapján.

Based on the story recorded in a handwritten and illustrated chronicle a mere 30 years after the fact, this piece relates how 15-year old Mátyás was elected king. 

Having been released from captivity in Prague (with the understanding that he would marry his captor’s daughter),  Mátyás was shepherded by his uncle Count Szilágyi Mihály, who skilfully navigated the murky political intrigues, and convinced the opposing factions to unite for the common good.  At Buda, strong cold spell had frozen the Danube solid, and on the ice, some 40,000 armed followers of Szilágyi, members of the lesser nobility, elected Mátyás king of Hungary by acclamation, on January 24th, 1458. (Some say that the election on the ice is is just a fancy legend.) Szilágyi was to govern the country until Mátyás came of age.

 

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Dr. Lengyel Árpád, Who Cared for Titanic Survivors

Dr. Lengyel Árpád
Dr. Lengyel Árpád, Who Cared for Titanic Survivors
The tragedy of the Titanic’s sinking took place on April 15th, 1912. The anniversary provides the occasion for us to remember the valiant ship’s doctor on the rescue ship RMS Carpathia who cared for the 705 survivors. See the full story...
Erika Papp Faber

Snapshots: Pilismarót

Ship graveyard in Pilismarót, photo by Krisztian Bodis Photography
Snapshots: Pilismarót
This small village of some 2,000 inhabitants lies above the picturesque Danube Bend, somewhat inland from the River.  It was the birthplace of Dr. Lengyel Árpád of Titanic rescue fame.   See the full story...
Erika Papp Faber