Talk about going down swinging.
Shortly after the Hungarians arrived to what is now Hungary, during the 10th century they were known for raiding and pillaging the lands to the West, an activity lovingly referred to in our history books as the "era of adventures."
(Most European prayers at the time referred to is as "Oh Lord, save us from the arrows of the Hungarians.")
But all adventures come to an end: The Hungarian armies suffered a devastating loss in 955 at Augsburg, known as the Battle of Lechfeld, from the army of Otto I the Great, the Holy Roman Emperor. The leaders of the Hungarian army, Bulcsú and Lehel, were captured.
"You will go before me, and serve me in the afterlife," Lehel declared (we were not yet Christian at the time), just before they dragged him off and hanged him.
Other chronicles claim this never happened. It probably didn't, since Otto I didn't die this way. The chronicle names the emperor "Konrad," probably referring to the Duke of Lorraine who died in the battle.
Whatever the case, this is a story every Hungarian kid knows; one of the legends of our early history before we settled down, quartered some pagans, became a Christian kingdom, and started on an epic losing streak (see about the quartering later). Fun fact: There is a 10th century ivory horn in one of our museums that is still referred to as "Lehel's Horn." There is a piece missing from it. You never know.