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Ilona Szilágyi

Ilona Szilágyi
Consort to Vlad III the Impaler
Father Michael Szilágyi

Ilona Szilágyi was the second wife of Vlad III the Impaler.

After Vlad, Voivode of Wallachia, had been imprisoned by his former ally Matthias Corvinus, King of Hungary, in 1462, he gradually won back the king's favour and married Ilona, daughter of Michael Szilágyi, a Hungarian nobleman allied to Vlad, and a cousin of the king. In the years before his final release in 1474, he lived with her in a house in the Hungarian capital.

Around 1465, Ilona bore him two sons: the elder, Vlad IV Dracula, spent most of his time in the king's retinue and later was an unsuccessful claimant to the Wallachian throne. The younger, whose name is unknown, lived with the Bishop of Oradea (Nagyvárad) in Transylvania until 1482, when he fell ill. He returned to Buda, where he died in his mother's presence.[1]

The descendants of Vlad and Ilona married into the Hungarian nobility.

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