Thomas Erdődy

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Thomas Erdődy
Nadgrobna ploča bana Tome Bakača Erdödyja ZG Katedrala.jpg
gravestone in Zagreb Cathedral
Ban of Croatia
In office
25 September 1583 – 15 May 1595
Preceded by Krsto Ungnad
Succeeded by Gašpar Stankovački
In office
1608 – 27 November 1614
Preceded by Ivan Drašković
Succeeded by Benedikt Thuroczy
Personal details
Born 1558
Died 17 January 1624
Krapina, Kingdom of Croatia, Habsburg Monarchy
Resting place Zagreb Cathedral, Croatia
Religion Roman Catholic
Military service
Battles/wars Battle of Slunj (1584)
Battle of Brest (1592)
Battle of Sisak (1593)

Count Thomas Erdődy (Hungarian: Tamás Erdődy, Croatian: Toma Bakač Erdedi) (1558 – 17 January 1624) was a Croatian ban between 1583-1595 and 1608-1615 and a member of the Erdődy magnate family of Hungarian ancestry.[1] He scored many victories in wars against the Ottoman Empire's armies.[citation needed]

He succeeded Krsto Ungnad as ban in 1583. He was the son of former ban Péter Erdődy. His first victory occurred at battle of Slunj in 1584. In 1591 he freed the Moslavina region. In 1592 he suffered his only great defeat at battle of Brest. When Ottoman forces tried to retake the area in 1593, the battle of Sisak ensued in which the Holy Roman Empire defeated the Ottoman Empire,[2] severely hampering the Ottoman's ability to expand further into Europe. For this victory Erdődy received congratulations from Pope Clement VIII and was knighted into the Order of Saint Saviour by Philip II of Spain.

He left his role as ban in 1595. However, he reclaimed it from 1608 to 27 November 1614 when he renounced his position, but held his rank at the request of the Croatian Parliament until a new Ban, Benedikt Thuroczy, was named on 16 February 1615.[3] Thomas Erdődy died on 17 January 1624.


  1. ^ Hrvatska enciklopedija: Erdody, Toma
  2. ^ Marcus Tanner, Croatia: A Nation Forged in War, (Yale University Press, 1997), 37.
  3. ^ Ferdo Šišić, Povijest Hrvata; pregled povijesti hrvatskog naroda 600. - 1918., Zagreb, p. 310
Preceded by
Krsto Ungnad
Ban of Croatia
Succeeded by
Gašpar Stankovački
Preceded by
Ivan Drašković
Ban of Croatia
Succeeded by
Benedikt Thuroczy