One of the most important events in European history is the expansion of the Ottoman Empire into the southeastern part of the continent. The Ottoman Turks created one of the most powerful empires in history through conquest, expanding to three continents in its golden age. Their actions were accompanied by victories and triumphs, and the history of the countries they attacked has been marked by the losses they suffered. Nevertheless, the Ottoman triumphs were sometimes successfully interrupted by the Southeast European countries desperately trying to defend themselves. Among these events, the greatest blow to the Ottomans was dealt at Belgrade in 1456.
The Hunyadi family did not have any outstanding ancestors. According to a later legend, the first well-known member of the family, John Hunyadi, was an illegitimate child of Holy Roman Emperor Sigismund. However, it is more likely that he was born the descendant of a Cuman Boyar family in Wallachia (the family name itself refers to the town of Hunedoara in modern-day Romania). After the death of John Hunyadi, his older son Ladislaus inherited his father's prestigious wealth; however, King Ladislaus the Posthumous accused him of rebellion and beheaded him. The other son, Matthias “Corvinus” (“Raven”), became the most famous sovereign in the history of the Kingdom of Hungary; his rule lasted between 1458 and 1490. However, he did not have a legitimate son, and his illegitimate descendant, John Corvinus, was defeated in the fight for the throne. The family became extinct with the death of John Corvinus' last child, Elizabeth, in 1508.
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