The Siege of Szigetvár – Zrínyi and Suleiman’s death. Pál Fodor’s lecture on May 9

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On the fourth eve of the lecture series, entitled Orientalists in NSZL and presenting the culture of the East, Pál Fodor will deliver a lecture at 6 p.m. on May 9, 2017. Entitled The Siege of Szigetvár – Zrínyi and Suleiman’s death, the lecture will be delivered in the Ceremonial Hall of National Széchényi Library.

In 1566, events of world historical significance took place inside and outside the walls of Szigetvár. Defenders led by Miklós Zrínyi had held on right to the end against the 50,000-strong besieging Ottoman army, and by doing so, they had done a tremendous service to Europe. Why did Suleiman go to Hungary again? Why did Zrínyi take on the protection of Szigetvár, while he knew exactly that defeat was inevitable? What happened in the last days of the siege in Suleiman’s imperial tent and in the castle? Why and how the Sultan’s death was kept a secret in the Ottoman camp? Where was Suleiman’s tomb erected later? Why was it forgotten, and how the remains of the shrine and the main buildings of the pilgrimage settlement built around it could be found? What do Zrínyi and Szigetvár mean for the Hungarian national consciousness, and what does Suleiman mean for the Turkish national consciousness? These issues will be dealt with in the lecture entitled The Siege of Szigetvár – Zrínyi and Suleiman’s death, to be delivered by Pál Fodor.

Pál Fodor (1955) is General Director of the Research Centre for the Humanities, Hungarian Academy of Sciences and Director of the Institute of History, Hungarian Academy of Sciences. Research Field: History of the Ottoman Empire and Hungary under Ottoman rule

Series editor and host: Dr. László Tüske, Director-General of National Széchényi Library
Venue: Ceremonial Hall on Floor 6 of NSZL

Attention, please, new date!
Date: May 9, 2017, 6 p.m.


Entitled Orientalists in NSZL, a lecture series presenting the culture of the East began on February 8, 2017.  On the first occasion, books on the Islamic State and the idea historical as well as geopolitical aspects of Islamism were presented. On the second occasion, Géza Komoróczy delivered a lecture entitled Literates and intellectuals in history. Last time, Balázs Sudár presented Turkish poetry and music culture of the Ottoman occupation.

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