"Well, everyone in the region hates us, so we'll take on this love religion thing, and whoever doesn't want it will be quartered."
- Belga: Ló rider
This quote comes from a genius historical nerdcore rap song full of completely untranslatable puns, about the Hungarian Conquest and our hazy 10th century history. And the event it refers to is probably the most famous religious civil war in the history of Hungary.
We even have a rock opera about it.
Remember István I, the first Christian king of the brand-spanking-new Hungarian kingdom? Well, he's back again.
István's father, Géza, was the chief of the Hungarians. He himself was not big on Christianity, but was wise enough to recognize that the only way to survive in Europe was to become a Christian kingdom. He raised his son, Vajk, to be a king after him, and he was baptized with the name István. When Géza died in 997, however, there was a bit of a dispute. According to eastern nomadic traditions, the oldest male member of the family was supposed to inherit, and marry Géza's widow - that was a man named Koppány. According to western customs of inheritance, the rule went to the first-born son - to István, that is. Since these two views were impossible to reconcile, a war broke out soon after Géza died.
István was aided by western knights (mostly Germans, brought to his support by the relatives of his wife, Gisela). Koppány is usually remembered in legend as a pagan, although it is very likely he was baptized as Greek Orthodox. Whatever the case, the conflict went down in history as the deciding moment between Christianity (and becoming a European kingdom) and the old ways (and probably disappearing like the Huns and the Avars did).
The war ended with Koppány's defeat. He was captured, quartered, and the four parts of his body nailed to the gates of four cities - Győr (my hometown!), Veszprém, Esztergom and Gyulafehérvár - as a warning, and as a sure-fire way of reminding people that István was the boss now. His rule was not contested again for decades after this.
The single most famous rock opera in Hungary (István, a király - István the King, 1983) is based on this story. It pictures Koppány in a favorable light who fights for the freedom of his country from the rule of the Pope (look at the year, this was made at the tail end of the communist regime), and István as religious, but conflicted about fighting his own people. It is a classic that pretty much everybody knows (and most people can sing from memory).
So, yeah. We have a musical about people getting quartered.
Here is Koppány's famous "freedom" song:
And here is Koppány and István's duet, "too late for peace" (where István offers to hand over the throne if Koppány takes on Christianity, which he refuses):