Stephen VIII Báthory

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Stephen Báthory
Born 1477
Died 1534 (aged 56–57)
Spouse Catherine Telegdi
House Báthory
Father Nicholas Báthory
Mother Sophia Bánffy of Losonc

Stephen VIII Báthory (Hungarian: Báthory István, pronounced [ˈbaːtori ˈiʃtvaːn]) (1477–1534) was a Hungarian noble.

He was a son of Nicholas Báthory (1462–1500) of the Somlyó branch of the Báthory family.

In 1521, he was appointed adjoint of the Voivode of Transylvania, serving under the Voivode John Zápolya. After the Battle of Mohács in 1526, Stephen supported Zápolya's claim to the Kingship of Hungary and in 1529 was made Voivode of Transylvania himself.

With his wife Catherine Telegdi, he fathered eight children:


  • Farin, Michael, Heroine des Grauens. Elisabeth Báthory. Munich: P. Kirchheim, 2003. ISBN 3-87410-038-3.
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