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Matthias Corvinus Elected Hungarian King – 1458

Matthias Corvinus Elected Hungarian King – 1458

The elections were held on this day in 1458 near Buda. The magnates and prelates met in the Buda fortress, while the minor nobles gathered on the other side of the Danube river.

On this day in winter 1458, the famed Matthias Corvinus was elected as the Hungarian and Croatian king. It is interesting that he wasn’t even 15 years old at the time, and was the son of the well-known military commander John Hunyadi, who achieved fame by his exploits against the Ottoman Turks. John Hunyadi died near Belgrade only around one-and-a-half years earlier, after successfully defending the city from the Ottoman army. That premature death, caused by an epidemic, left the young Matthias Corvinus an orphan at the age of 13.

The elections were held on this day in 1458 near Buda. The magnates and prelates met in the Buda fortress, while the minor nobles gathered on the other side of the Danube river (near Pest). Allegedly, on this day there were even people gathered on the frozen Danube, awaiting the election results.

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