Elizabeth Szilágyi

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Erzsébet Szilágyi
Queen Mother of Hungary[1][2][3]
Vajda Szilágyi Erzsébet 1890.jpg
Erzsébet Szilágyi and her son Matthias Corvinus, by Zsigmond Vajda
Queen Mother of Hungary
Tenure20 January 1458 - 1483
Head of Szilágyi – Hunyadi Liga
with her brother Michael Szilágyi
Tenure1457 - 20 January 1458
SpouseJohn Hunyadi
IssueLadislaus Hunyadi
Matthias Corvinus
HouseHouse of Szilágyi (by birth)
House of Hunyadi (by marriage)
Fathercount Ladislaus Szilágyi
MotherCatherine Bellyéni
ReligionRoman Catholic

Erzsébet Szilágyi (Hungarian: Szilágyi Erzsébet, c. 1410–1483) was a Hungarian noblewoman, wife of John Hunyadi and mother of Matthias Corvinus, King of Hungary.

Elizabeth was the daughter of the Ladislaus Szilágyi and Catherine Bellyéni, members of two influential Hungarian families of the 15th century that were loyal to the King Sigismund of Hungary. She had several siblings, including Mihály Szilágyi, who had an important role after the death of Elizabeth's husband, John Hunyadi. Hunyadi was the regent of the Kingdom of Hungary and supreme commander of the armies, an excellent fighter, that counted with the favor of the Pope for confronting the Ottoman Empire. He was the most powerful nobleman of the Kingdom and counted with huge properties and centenars of lower noblemen that supported him. After his death in 1456, his older son Ladislaus Hunyadi became the head of the House of Hunyadi, however after murdering the count Ulrich von Cilli, the counselor of the King Ladislaus V of Hungary, he was executed. Then Elizabeth's only son Matthias Corvinus of Hungary was taken to Prague by the young King, who felt for his life before the instability caused after the execution of Ladislaus Hunyadi. Mihály Szilágyi and Elizabeth founded Szilágyi – Hunyadi Liga and became the leaders of this Liga, and after the sudden death of the King Ladislaus (possibly poisoned), she negotiated the release of Matthias, who was soon elected as King of Hungary in 1458.[4]

After this, Elizabeth became the mother of the King, and continued being a great influence in the Kingdom. Matthias had an illegitimate son in 1473, and soon was sent to the properties of his grandmother, who raised him with the best teachers of the Kingdom. The illegitimate John Corvinus never became King of Hungary after the death of Matthias because of the pression of the noblemen and the widow of the monarch, but enjoyed titles and properties, fighting the Turkish armies until the end of his life as his grandfather and father did before. His grandmother Elizabeth lived in Óbuda most of his life, and founded several monasteries and chapels, following her deeply religious beliefs. She died around 1483.[5]



  1. ^ "Szilágyi Erzsébet". www.andrassygimi.hu. Retrieved 29 September 2018.
  2. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2015-04-14. Retrieved 2015-04-14.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ "web.archive.org" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2015-04-14. Retrieved 2018-09-29.
  4. ^ Antal Mojzeš, Radnički pokret u Bajmoku, Subotica: NIO Subotičke novine, 1984; page 6
  5. ^ Schönherr Gyula: Hunyadi Corvin János : 1473-1504, Budapest, Magyar Történelmi Társulat, 1894.
Elizabeth Szilágyi
House of Szilágyi (by birth)
House of Hunyadi (by marriage)
Born: 1410 Died: 1483
Regnal titles
Preceded by Queen Mother of Hungary
20 January 1458 - 1483
Preceded by
Consort of Ladislaus Jakcs
Consort of the Voivode of Transylvania
Succeeded by
Margit Rozgonyi
Preceded by
Consort of Franko Talovac
Consort of the Ban of Severin
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Consorts of Emeric Bebek &
Stephen Bánfi
Consort Countess of the Székelys
Succeeded by
Consort of Francis Csáki
Political offices
New title Head of Szilágyi–Hunyadi Liga
with her brother Count Michael Szilágyi

1457 - 20 January 1458