c.834 - 907
Ruler of Hungary

Arpad was the son of a chieftain of the Magyars.

(Some scholars say that the Magyars came from beyond the Caucasus mountains and are of Turkish origin, others claim they came from Siberia and are Finno-ugric. Most likely they were a mixed nation).

The Magyars had been migrating from their original home to the north of the Black Sea. Forced out of Russia by other tribes the Magyar horsemen turned to raiding that was as rapid, widespread and savage as that of the northern Vikings.

Towards the end of the ninth century Arpad united seven Magyar military units and took possession of the area around the Danube. He became the founder of Hungary's first Magyar dynasty which ruled Hungary from 902 until 1301.

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