Nikolaus, Count Esterházy
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|Count of Galántha|
|Palatine of Hungary|
|Reign||25 October 1625 – 11 September 1645|
Count Miklós Esterházy de Galántha
April 8, 1583|
Galántha, Kingdom of Hungary
(today: Galanta, Slovakia)
|Died||September 11, 1645
Nagyhöflány, Kingdom of Hungary
(today: Großhöflein, Austria)
|Noble family||House of Esterházy|
|Spouse(s)||Baroness Orsolya Dersffy de Szerdahely (1612–1619)
Baroness Krisztina Nyáry de Bedegh (1624–1641)
|Father||Ferenc Esterházy de Galántha|
|Mother||Zsófia Illésházy de Illésháza|
Baron, later Count Nikolaus Esterházy de Galántha (English: Nicholas Esterházy of Galántha) (Galanta, April 8, 1583 – Großhöflein, September 11, 1645) was the founder of the West-Hungarian noble House of Esterházy which became one of the grandest and most influential aristocratic families of the Kingdom of Hungary.
The Habsburg noted Baron Nikolaus because he was one of the few members of the Hungarian nobility to convert to Catholicism, and also because of his zeal in fighting the Turks.
His first marriage with Orsolya Dersffy made him immensely rich and brought him also the lordships of Munkács (today: Mukachevo, Ukraine) and Lánzsér-Lakompak (today: Landsee and Lackenbach in Austria). When he had to hand over Munkács in 1622 to Gabriel Bethlen because of the Peace of Nikolsburg, he was compensated by the Emperor with 2 new lordships, namely Fraknó (today: Forchtenstein, Austria) and Kismarton (today: Eisenstadt, Austria).
Marriage and children
- István (1616–1641), died predeceasing his father. Had one daughter.
- Krisztina (1617-1617).
After his first wife's death, he remarried in 1624 with Baroness Krisztina Nyáry de Bedegh (1604-1641) and had :
- Magdolna (1625-1627)
- László (1626-1652), killed in the Battle of Vezekény
- Katalin, (1628-1630)
- Anna Júlia (1630-1669), married Ferenc Nadasdy de Nádasd et Fogarasföld
- Michael (1632-1633)
- Mária Krisztina (1634-1634)
- Paul I Esterházy of Galántha (1635-1713), his successor
- Mária (1638-1684), married Count György Drugeth de Homonna
- Ferenc (1641-1683), had issue.
Nikolaus, Count EsterházyBorn: 8 April 1583 Died: 11 September 1645
|Master of the household
2 September 1618 – 4 August 1622
4 August 1622 – 25 October 1625
|Palatine of Hungary
25 October 1625 – 11 September 1645
himself as Baron
|Count Esterházy of Galántha
10 August 1626 – 11 September 1645