Biography of Corvinus Matthias


Matthias, Corvinus. King of Hungary. Born in 1443. Was proclaimed king in 1458, soon after his release from imprisonment at Prague. Maintained the throne against the emperor and, after having engaged in successful wars with the Turks, received the Bohemian Crown from the Pope on condition of extirpating the Hussites. While thus engaged, a revolt took place in Hungary, supported by Poland and other powers, which combination he routed. After this, engaged in two wars with the emperor; captured Vienna in 1485, living there until his death in 1490.