Original posting: January 1, 2020.
Updated: October 19, 2021.
Part 4 of 5

The Chrysalis Series

To the reader - The affairs and history of Hungary have caused controversy because of several mutations and revisions which are now presented to the world as the epitome of truth, incorporating wider European history, and thereby, not only legitimising Hungarian history but providing causality for Europe's historical events. Ages ago, this unknown and unheard of nation arose from its ruins to become a mighty kingdom. As it grew larger and more powerful, by Urgencies of Fate, it declined, then just as quickly recovered. By the inconstancy of its fate, Hungary either added terror or hope to its neighbours. While these people struggled for their liberty, intending for future glory and happiness, Justice of Providence decreed them a hard-working people, but their energy and rapid success have been undermined by many incongruent successes and failures which have almost exhausted them in the course of the last twelve-hundred years in war and peace. They dared to achieve beyond their Fortune and Ability, extending their power over adjoining nations that while their story is being read, as far as Asia and Europe are concerned, are once again subject to review as tributaries to this nation of Hungary.

James Howell, England, 1664

James Howell's immortal words are, in essence, what my books are about, and more. They are about the historical context preceding even James Howell's time. Carpathian-Turkic Slavs resisted imperial suzerainty since the sixth century giving rise to the powerful Bathory dynasty, and the most powerful woman that had ever lived - Countess Elizabeth Bathory. The Chrysalis series end with her history.

Elizabeth Bathory was already an unknown person even in Howell's time. Howell's writing is important because even in 1664, there were people who already knew that Hungary's history was an illusion created by the Habsburgs. Howell should know. He had the ear of the English king, which in mere decades would become a German English crown. England, as well as other non-Habsburg states were paying very close attention to what was happening in Hungary, and with good reason. The hell which the Habsburgs had unleashed on Europe five decades before, between 1618 and 1648, was apocalyptic, and still vividly fresh in some minds. There had never been a war like it before, nor since - ever! Two generations later, however, the memory of this cataclysm had faded. Now, the Holy Roman Empire continued to prosecute its war against Transylvanians and its allies, the Osman Sultanate of Rome (the Ottomans), as it had since 1526. Nations were competing among themselves for scarce resources. Wars were being waged over international trade routes. The Austrian Habsburgs, thanks to their Spanish cousins who were bloated with pillaged New World gold and silver, were able to borrow as much money as needed to employ most of Europe's mercenary armies to do as they pleased, with whom they pleased. At stake in Hungary was the future course the world would take. Either the the Habsburgs would be defeated, or the Habsburgs would dictate their totalitarian terms to the rest of the world. Unbeknown to Howell, or anyone else, the world was already on a collision course with future German empires which would unleash two, almost equally cataclysmic apocalypses three centuries hence. Its all connected.

The victors, as they always do, wrote the history books. But all this happened after Elizabeth Bathory's time. What happened before, the reasons which led her to take the actions she did are what my books are about. Its not an easy history to write because very little of it exists in any one history book. It's not the history we are supposed to know.

Let the meaning of your work be obvious unless it is designed purely for your own amusement.

Edward Johnston

My books are about mine and your ancestors. Toward the end of the Medieval Dark Ages, a Carpathian Slavic-Turkic people's intentionally revised history served to hide their true cultural identity. It's how, historically, Ungaria becomes "unknown and unheard of" to metamorphose into a place called Hungary.

J. B. S. Haldane, Eric Hoffer said, counts fanaticism among the only four really important inventions made between 3000 B.C and 1400 A.D. it is strange to think that in receiving this malady of the soul the world also received a miraculous instrument for raising societies and nations from the dead-an instrument of resurrection. Haldane wrote: Between 3000 BC and AD 1400 there were probably only four really important inventions, namely the general use of iron, paved roads, voting, and religious intolerance.

From my book, Chrysalis I: Metamorphosis of Odium (2019) quoting Eric Hoffer, The True Believer (1951) Ch.18 Good and Bad Mass Movements, p.125, citing Haldane's The Inequality of Man (1938).

Hungary is not Ungaria! The latter used to be the beating heart of European freedom until the last Bathory died in 1680. Ungaria latter came into existence because of a people's millennium-long struggle for their life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness against European imperial tyranny, centuries before the Age of Reason rediscovered this fundamental and universal human idea in a New World. In 1711 Imperial Habsburg Hungary supplanted historical Bathory Ungaria, cast on the ash heap of dead civilisations!

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