Tamás Nádasdy

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Baron Tamás Nádasdy de Nádasd et Fogarasföld (I), called the Great Palatine (1498–1562), Hungarian statesman, was the son of Ferenc I Nádasdy and his first wife Orsolya Therjék de Szenterzsébet. After Tamás's mother's death, his stepmother was Orsolya Véssey de Vésse.[citation needed] He was educated at Graz, Bologna and Rome.[1]

Tamás Nádasdy
Baron Tamás Nádasdy
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Full name
Tamás Nádasdy of Nádasd and Fogarasföld
Died(1562-06-02)2 June 1562 (approx. 64 years old)
Egervár, Kingdom of Hungary
Noble familyHouse of Nádasdy
Spouse(s)Orsolya Kanizsay de Kanizsa
IssueLászló Nádasdy de Nádasd et Fogarasföld
Márton Nádasdy de Nádasd et Fogarasföld
Ferenc Nádasdy de Nádasd et Fogarasföld
FatherFerenc Nádasdy de Nádasd et Fogarasföld
MotherOrsolya Therjék de Szenterzsébet

In 1521 he accompanied Thomas Cajetan (whom the pope had sent to Hungary to preach a crusade against the Turks) to Buda as his interpreter. In 1525 he became a member of the council of state and was sent by King Louis II to the diet of Speyer to ask for help in the imminent Turkish war. During his absence the Mohács catastrophe took place, and Nádasdy only returned to Hungary in time to escort the queen-widow from Komárom to Pozsony. He was sent to offer the Hungarian crown to the archduke Ferdinand, and on his coronation (3 November 1527) was made commandant of Buda.[1] In 1528 with the help of György Cseszneky, commander of Tata Nádasdy occupied Győr for Ferdinand.[citation needed] On the capture of Buda by Suleiman the Magnificent, Nádasdy went over to King John I. In 1530 he successfully defended Buda against the imperial troops. In 1533 his jealousy of the dominant influence of Lodovico Gritti caused him to desert John for Ferdinand, to whom he afterwards remained faithful.[1] In 1535 he married Orsolya Kanizsay de Kanizsa, the last member and heiress of the powerful and wealthy Kanizsay family.[citation needed] He was endowed with enormous estates by the emperor, and from 1537 onwards became Ferdinand's secret but most influential counsellor. Subsequently, as Ban of Croatia-Slavonia, he valiantly defended that border province against the Turks.[1]

He did his utmost to promote education, and the school which he founded at Újsziget, where he also set up a printing press, received a warm eulogy from Philip Melanchthon. In 1540 Nádasdy was appointed iudex curie regie; in 1547 he presided over the Diet of Nagyszombat, and finally, in 1559, was elected palatine by the diet of Pozsony (now Bratislava, Slovakia). In his declining years he aided the heroic Miklós Zrinyi against the Ottomans.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e   One or more of the preceding sentences incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainBain, Robert Nisbet (1911). "Nádasdy, Tamás I.". In Chisholm, Hugh (ed.). Encyclopædia Britannica. Vol. 19 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. p. 148.
Political offices
Preceded by
Ferenc Újlaky
as Royal Governor
Palatine and Royal Governor of Hungary
Succeeded by
Miklós Oláh
as Royal Governor
Preceded by
Ferenc Révay
as Palatinal Governor
Succeeded by
Mihály Mérey
as Palatinal Governor