Miklós Kásler, the Minister of Human Capacities, announced on Wednesday that the Institute of Hungarian Research started to analyse the remnants of János Corvin, the son of the biggest Hungarian king, Matthias I. With János Corvin’s death, the Hunyadi dynasty, which was one of the most important dynasties in Hungarian history, died out.
According to origo.hu, thanks to the work of the Institute of Hungarian Research, János Corvin’s remnants will be analysed, so they will be able to define a genetic section typical in the DNA of the male members of the Hunyadi family. As a result, they can answer the questions regarding the origins of the family, and they will be able to identify the bones of the great king in Székesfehérvár, where the remnants of the Hungarian monarchs of the Middle Ages are stored in one vault, and nobody can distinguish them. HERE we wrote about the sad story of the Hungarian royal tombs.
If the research is successful, one of the biggest Hungarian kings can be reburied, the minister said. Interestingly, based on the sources, the paternal predecessors of Matthias’s father, János Hunyadi, who defeated the Ottomans in Nándorfehérvár in 1456, are well-known. However,
we know almost nothing about János Hunyadi’s mother, the great king’s grandmother.
Here is the video the minister published on his Facebook page about the excavations and the research started on Wednesday:
Antonio Bonfini, the chronicler of King Matthias, said that János’s mother was the descendant of a noble Greek family. András Kubinyi, who published a work on King Matthias in 2001, said that, based on the sources, the Hunyadi family had Romanian ancestors. That is why János was called Oláh (which is an old name for Romanians used in Hungary) and why he was mentioned abroad as the “white knight of Wallachia”.
Origo.hu says that the origins of János are not as clear as Mr Kubinyi stated in his work. However, the research conducted now can put an end to that debate with the help of the natural sciences.
János Corvin was born in Buda, in 1473, as the illegitimate son of King Matthias.
His mother was Borbála Edelpeck, a non-noble Austrian citizen. Since his marriage with Beatrix of Aragon remained childless, he adopted his illegitimate son in 1479 and gave him the title of prince. King Matthias got him engaged to Maria Bianca Sforza in 1487, but they never married since the great king died in 1490.
Despite the will of King Matthias, the Hungarian nobles chose Vladislaus II instead of János Corvin. He later married Beatrix Frangepán, but
all three of their children died before they became adults.
János Corvin died in 1504, and with his death, the Hunyadi family died out. Based on his will, he was buried in the Pauline monastery of Lepoglava.