05. 15. 2012.
The Age of Transition – The country of King János (Szapolyai). New trends and results in research
During the centuries of the Hungarian history there were two noble families who could rise to the throne: the Hunyadi and the Szapolyai family. Owing to the popularity of King Mátyás (Matthias), we know a lot about the first, but we have much less knowledge about the latter, especially compared to their historical importance. The historical significance of the Szapolyai family was provided by their outstanding wealth and political power. In the time of the Jagello (Jagiello) kings, the Szapolyai family could have an own court, politics and diplomacy. Their power was based on their unprecedented wealth (which included 8% of the total of serf allotments of the country) and a well organized institution of familiaritas (a kind of vassality of nobility).