In around 1571, the 16 year old Ferenc Nádasdy married the 12 year old Erzsébet Báthory, thereby uniting the two most powerful families in Hungary.
The Nádasdy family motto was – “Si Deus Pro Nobis Quis Contro Nos”
(“If God is for us, who can be against us?”).
The Nádasdy arms are very interesting. They feature the Goose.
I have a reference (which I CAN’T find at the mo’) which links the symbol of the Goose with the Tartarian Empire.
Anyhoo, the whole point of this being…
The Nádasdy/Báthory connection points very strongly towards the fact that in the 16th century, Hungary, Poland, Roumania, Wallachia, Transylvania etc were all fighting for the survival of the Great Empire and against the Western European Reformers.
And as punishment these two families, along with the Drăculești, have become tainted with a bloody (cuss word) bloody (blood-soaked) reputation. (?)
BTW. Ferenc Nádasdy aka The Black Knight (!) was also “supposedly” fond of impaling!!
BTW again. Ferenc Nádasdy died in mysterious circumstances whilst away fighting…