Bethlen István

                    (1593 - 1648)

   

  Bethlen Gábor's younger brother, at first 

he fills in local functions at the time of his 

brother Bethlen Gábor. Then after his 

brother's death 

Transylvania's 

governor next to 

Brandeburgi Katalin. 

Then he gets elected as 

Transylvania's count 

after Brandeburgi 

Katalin's resigning. 

But only after two months he resigns for 

Rákoczi György the 1st's favor. After a 

few years he changes his mind and gaining 

help from the Turks he tries to regain 

Transylvania, but he gets stopped by 

Rákoczi's army at Szalonta.

  

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   Rákoczi György the 1st.

                  (1593 - 1648)

     

  Son of the Transylvanian count Rákoczi 

Zsigmond, Upper-Hungary's biggest 

Reformed landowner. Bethlen Gábor's 

follower, who was elected as count of 

Transylvania by the parliament of Segesvár.

  As count, he was 

a great farmer who 

regained the in private 

hand founded crown 

properties. He 

supported the 

Protestantism together 

with his wife, Lórántffy Zsuzsanna, and they founded and

supported lots of schools. (They 

reorganized the collages at Sárospatak 

and Gyulafehérvár.)

   

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