The name of the castle – Hunyad Castle – is closely tied to that of the Corvin (Corvinus) family, whose coat-of-arms represents a raven holding a ring in its beak. The Corvin family greatly influenced the European history in the 15th century. the first great personality of the family was Iancu of Hunedoara (John Hunyadi). Famous for stopping the Turks from conquering Belgrade and from advancing towards Western Europe.
The Hollywood film industry, inspired by the legend of Dracula, has used the name of the Corvin family in the Underworld series. The Corvins were related to Vlad the Impaler, the Romanian ruler who inspired Bram Stoker to create the Dracula character. Even so, the two families had, in fact, a history of conflict, filled with conspiracy and murder.
Construction work of the castle began in 1440. Hunyad Castle was designed as a defense fortress and as a prison. The towers often held captive war prisoners as well as ordinary criminals. Today, the Armoury receives hundreds of tourists every day, many of them unaware of the fact that they are treading in the footsteps of some of the most prominent rulers of medieval Europe.
The legend of the Hunyad Castle:
On the coat of arm of the Corvin family is carved a raven with a golden ring in its beak. This family symbol has a legend. It is said that Ioan of Hunedoara was the illegitimate son of king Sigismund of Luxemburg of Hungary and his mother was Elisabeta, a very beautiful woman from the Hateg region. In order not to dishonor her, the king married Elisabeta to one of his knights, Voicu. Sigismund also gave her a ring, as a gift for the unborn child, which will help him to be recognized when he will go to the royal court.
During a family trip, when they halted for lunch, the ring was forgotten on a side of the towel where the food was placed. A raven, attracted by the shining of the ring stole it. Ioan of Hunedoara takes a bow, strokes the raven down and gets his ring back. When Ioan grew up and got to the royal court tells this story and the king, impressed by it, decides that the family’s symbol shall be the raven with a golden ring in its beak.
Moreover, the Corvin Family name comes from the Latin word “Corvus” which means “Raven”.
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