Okay, so this is technically not the middle ages, and also technically not Hungarian, but hey, we like to claim what we can.
You have heard about Attila the Hun before, right? Probably as a barbaric and terrible king that fought against nice innocent Romans.
Well, hands off, because we like him. In fact, he is one of our favorite kings.
Attila was a Hun, which, according to our legends, is a brother tribe to the Hungarians, and we have several stories about him. He had his royal capitol somewhere in which is now Hungary, probably between the Danube and the Tisza rivers. He ruled over a large empire and many different tribes of people, and died in 453 AD - on his wedding night.
After the death of his most beloved queen, Réka, he was set to marry again, this time to a woman named Krimhilde (or Ildikó) - she is also featured in medieval legends such as the Niebelungenlied, where it is claimed she married Attila to get his help in avenging the death of her first husband, the hero Siegfried. Whatever the case, there was a wedding, and the Huns knew how to party.
Legend says that Attila drank too much and passed out on his wedding night. As he slept, his nose started to bleed, and since he was lying on his back he drowned in his own blood. Others say that he had a stroke from all the alcohol, or even claim that the foreign woman poisoned him.
Whatever the case, the king of the Huns died with no wound on his body, and the wedding turned into a funeral.
The funeral of Attila is another very well known image in the Hungarian mind. Legend says he was put in a coffin on gold, a coffin of silver, and a coffin of iron; then the river Tisza was diverted from its course, and a grave was dug for the king; once buried, the river was returned to its bed so no one could ever find (and rob) the final resting place of Attila. The slaves that dug the grave were shot dead with arrows after the funeral, so no one could tell the secret.
Some people still love to dig around for Attila's grave, and every once in a while fake news pop up about it too. On a more entertaining note, last year during A to Z I wrote some book recommendations for those who would like to read great historical fiction (in English), and want to hear a story about Attila where he is not the villain...