450 YEAR AGO - REMEMBER OF THE SIEGE OF SZADVAR
Poverty, hunger, wars, earthquakes these are not from the past but are existent in our present. What has changed since 1567?
Many tragic events like above take place in the World and here we are an enthusiastic, quick to act, diligent association – like many others – who are asking support on GlobalGiving. At least three times a year we visit that little village which is so far from everything, to cut out some unneeded brushes from top of a mound of stones where there used to be a castle. But what is the main reason for getting together from time to time?
This winter is so long and very cold, just like it was in January, 450 years ago. A woman, Zsofia Patocsy, had been left in Szadvar castle (alone which used to be her home) with civilians, servants, old and young people and of course with some armed men. Her husband, Gyorgy Bebek was gone for a while due to some kind of political discussion. He changed his point of view and started supporting the opposite political power he turned from the Habsburgs to the Transylvanian Principality. Of course the Habsburgs became angry for him. Gyorgy Bebek left his wife alone in the castle and the Habsburg’s troops took advantage. Szadvar was an important strategical castle in those times. The main road which joined two big cities Kassa (Kosice) and Miskolc together, ran beneath Szádvár’s castle.
The siege took a week. It was very strange in those times because in winter nobody went to war, especially in January. The usual time for this was from spring to autumn. She did her best as she could, fought like a brave man to protect people and to save her own property from the enemies. She believed her husband could come home with an army. But in Szadvar castle there were not enough soldiers and food and also the north side of walls became weakened, a week later she gave up the castle. The enemy let her go to Transylvania but she could never return to the castle and she lost her husband in the same year.
She was an extraordinary woman. Her beauty was famous. She had ebony black hair and white skin like porcelain. She always tried to protect civilians, the weak and the needy. She was an expert of herbs could cure many kinds of illnesses with her creams and teas. Girls around from noble families came to her for some pieces of advice because Zsófia was very intelligent and clever.
We try to save and preserve the memory of Szadvar, the repute of a brave woman, so our Association is organizing a memory weekend to keep up Zsofia’s remembrance for the following generation on the 450th anniversary of the siege on 11-12 March. In the programme there are going to be musicians who play medieval music. The castle is going to be lit up with torches after a march for Zsofia. We also invited artists who make handmade medieval things from clay and woods. An expert will deliver a lecture and render some useful and practical advice about herbs. We are also managing an exhibition from the artefact of Szadvar.
The Friends of Szadvar believe that we can make the World better but, to reduce the number of wars, poverty and also create a better life if we can, we must learn from the tragic events of history. Our mission is also to show the good example of our small heroes. We ask your support to show Zsofia Patocsy’s life and also invite everybody who would love to take part in a medieval experience.
RUINS IN WINTER
FROZEN FOREST - SZADVAR 2017 JANUARY
REMEMBER TO ZSOFIA PATOCSY
SZOGLIGET - 2017 JANUARY
SZADVAR IS WAITING FOR YOU
ZSOFIA PATOCSY'S SARCOPHAGUS
SCHWENDI LAZARUS - HABSBURG'S GENERAL