For this last post of the month, we shall continue our ongoing theme of queens being mistreated, and people getting stabbed.
Záh Felicián is mostly known in history for his attempt to assassinate King Károly Róbert (1301-1342), Queen Erzsébet, mother of Lajos I and Endre (remember him with the magic ring?), and their two sons. Záh started out as an opponent to the king, fighting alongside one of the most powerful noblemen of the kingdom... And then he turned around and joined the king with a full pardon. His daughter, Klára, became a lady-in-waiting to Queen Erzsébet.
The entire scene unfolded in great confusion and lots of blood, from what we know from the chronicles, and probably was over before people realized what was happening. Záh got away relatively easy - he died immediately, and his limbs were sent to various cities as a warning (much like Koppány's). His household was not that lucky. His son and his servant were dragged to death by horses, and their remains thrown to the pigs. His daughter Sebe was beheaded, her husband died in prison. Their children were given to crusaders and sent to Rhodes in exile. The king ordered all family members three times removed to be murdered, and took the property of the rest. Záh's other daughter, Záh Klára, was mutilated, her nose, lips and eight fingers cut off, and then paraded around the city, yelling "this is how you are punished if you turn against the king."
We are not sure what caused the assassination attempt. Some say it was probably a plot among the nobles to take the throne. A chronicle suggests that Erzsébet's brother seduced Klára, and her father was taking revenge for it (sounds familiar?). Whatever the case, it is one of the most famous attempts at a king's life in Medieval Hungary - and as you have already seen, that is quite a long list to be on.
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