Edmund was supposedly quite handsome and popular with women. Soon he was entangled in a passionate love affair with one of the Hungarian princesses at the court of King Andrew. It caused a huge scandal especially because the princess became pregnant. King Andras sanctioned a marriage between the lovers and they retreated to Edmund's estates in Nasdad where she gave birth to a son. Not long afterward Edmund was killed in battle fighting for King Andras and his son inherited the Nasdad estates. The legend is the son took the name of his estate (as often was the case in those times) and was the ancestor of the Nadasdy family who became known as the Lords of Nadasd.

As for Prince Edward, the new king of England was dying and had no heirs so when he found out the prince was alive he summoned him to England so that the crown would pass to him. Edward went to England but died three days after arriving. It's likely he was poisoned by Canute

   - Eve Hars

Note: The claim that the Nadasdys were descended from these princes can niether be proved nor disproved.



Fugitive English Princes,Vikings, and the King of Hungary

The Nadasdy Family


(If God is for us, who can be against us)

This is a model of the castle as it looked a thousand years ago.

The region of Nadasd in Hungary was known as the land of the Britons. In the village there wa  bridge called the Bridge of the Three Princes and a hill called the English Virgin's Hill.** There was another hill the villagers called “Castle Hill” because of the legend that there had once been a castle there that was the home of two English princes.                         **see story of St. Margaret below

By the 20th Century the tale of an ancient castle having been on the hill generally dismissed by outsiders as quaint legend with no basis in reality. However,  excavations in 1963 of  Nasdad's 'castle hill' revealed the foundations of a castle complex enclosed by a defensive wall that was 3 meters thick, 263 meters long and 36 meters wide. Here are some images of the site. After ascertaining the layout and dimensions of the castle the archeological project ran out of money which might be why we see so little of it now. On the other hand maybe this is all that's left to see....

Some haunting images of castle ruins in a misty forest.

(right) remains of a wall

(below) the deep ditch was the moat


Rekavar is now considered the birthplace of Saint Margaret. She was the daughter of Edward, the fugitive prince of England who married the daughter of the Hungarian king.

Margaret (Margit in Hungarian) grew up to  marry Malcolm, the king of Scotland. After his death, she became a nun a devoted herself to helping the poor. She was later canonized as a saint. People make pilgrimages to the ruins to honor her.

Saint Margaret was Queen of Scotland from 1070-1093

The genealogy charts to the right were made n the the 1890s for a ten volume series on Hungarian nobilty, Magyarország családai: czimerekkel és nemzékrendi táblákkal by Ivan Nagy. It was a great resource for tracing family lines. In terms of our ancestry the order goes - Hars-Nagy-Kenesssy-Felsobuli Nagy-Nadasdy. You can see at the bottom of Tabla II highlighted in pale yellow is Judit Nadasdy who married Mihaly (Felsobuki) Nagy in 1699.  

Table II shows where to main branches of the family split between Laszlo and Ferencz. We come from the Laszlo side. The Ferencz (1492) side is charted on Tabla III. Ferenc's son Tamas married the immensely wealthy Orsolya Kanisai and became Palatine of Royal Hungary after the kingdom had split into three parts as a result of the invasion of the Ottoman Empire in 1526.

Now the main pre-occupation for Hungarians at that time time was fighting Turks . One of the greatest Turk-fighters of them all was Tamas Nadasdy's son Ferencz. He was so feared on the battlefield that his enemies called him "The Black Knight of Hungary."  However what he is most known for today is having been the husband of Countess Elizabeth Bathory, otherwise known as the Blood Countess who is listed in the Guiness Book of Records as the the worst serial killer in history. As a result of her crimes, which truly were gut-wrechingly heinous, she was walled up in the tower of her own castle where the torture/murders took place: Cachtice Castle only survives as a ruin but part of the tower where the countess was condemned to die still remains.  -Eve Hars

Left - The foundations of a 12th century round church and tower built by the Nadasdy family in the 1100s were found and excavated in  2003. The wooden structures in the picture (left) were built over the foundations as a monument. Round churches were built in Europe in the 11th and 12th centuries and very few survive today. It may have looked like one that did survive in Kerek, Hungary shown in photo on the right.

Bathory's Castle of Cachtice with the tower she was walled up in.

Bathory's husband  Ferencz Nadasdy "The Black Knight"- second cousin 12 times removed.

His wife Countess Bathory - World's worst serial killer

Bathory, the metal band.           No relation.  


The image of the duck between two reeds is derived from the the swampy terrain of Nasdad.

Site created by Eve Hars


The ruins of a castle that was thought to be

only a legend was found in the forest of Nadasd

In the year 1016 the Vikings conquered England. Thier leader, Canute, took the throne from King Edward Ironside.

Canute wanted to get rid of Edward's heirs, the infant princes, Edmund and Edward, but thought it unwise to kill them in England. So, he sent them to King Olaf of Sweden and asked him to kill the princes. Instead, King Olaf, who had been friends with their father, Edward Ironsides, sent them to the court of King Stephen of Hungary where they lived happily until King Canute heard the heirs to the throne of England were alive and sent assasins to Hungary to kill them. However, King Stephen got wind of the plot and counseled the now teenage princes to depart with all speed Russ-Kiev (today's Russia) where they were given sanctuary by Grand Prince Yaramov.

Apparently they did not like living at the court of Yaramov because it was much more austere and rigid than the royal residence in the newly formed Hungarian Kingdom. Then a strange confluence of events occurred.

After the death of King Stephen, turmoil in the succession of the Hungarian crown caused Prince Andrew to also seek asylum in Russ-Kiev. From there he launched an incursion into Hungary and Edward and Edmund joined him. Andrew was crowned king and gave the English princes, who were now young men, the estates, castle and village of Nasdad in the region of Vas.

Viking King Canute

King Olaf of Sweden

King Stephen of Hungary

Grand Prince Yaramov of Russ-Kiev

Prince Andrew of Hungary

Tributes left to St. Margaret


Though not related by blood (no pun intended) we are connected to Countess Elizabeth Bathory by marriage as can be seen at the bottom of the third chart (lower left). There are several books and movies about her horrifying reign of torture and murder. There is also Swedish death metal  that take thier name from her. We are in no way related to this band - oh wait, that might not be true - our grandfather on our mother's side was Swedish (yikes).  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elizabeth_B%C3%A1thory