Báthory Zsigmond

                   (1572 - 1613)

     

  Son of Báthory Kristóf and Bocskai 

Erzsébet, and count of Transylvania since 

1581, but because he was a minor he 

wasn't able to rule by himself until 1588. 

Influenced by his 

advisors, in 1595, 

he breaks the Turk 

alliance, and allies 

with emperor 

Rudolf and settles 

the accounts with 

the Turk friend 

Transylvanian 

counts. Creates 

alliance with the counts of Valachia and 

     

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Moldavia, against the Turks. He will 

succeed to seize back a lot of old 

Transylvanian border castles, then 

together with count Mihai Viteazul defeats 

the Turks gaining a great victory upon 

them at Giurgiu. Although the Szeklers 

had an important role in the battles 

against the Turks, under János Zsigmond, 

they didn't get back their  lost freedom, 

and they rose against Báthory. 

  As in 1596 the  Transylvanian and 

Hungarian army being defeated by the 

Turks at Mezőkeresztes, Báthory decides 

to resign from his role, as being afraid 

from  the Turkish revenge, and gives the 

country  to the Habsburgs. Soon he gets  

back to his role, just after two years of  

resign on one of his relatives favor, for  

Báthory Endre. Báthory Zs. gets back into 

  

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