The Holy Crown

Old Jun 9th 2013, 12:08 am
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No one really knows...

This is my favourite story:

"In 1848, when the revolutionary tides reached Hungary, the population, under the leadership of the poet Louis Kossuth, rose against the Austrians and the oppressive domination of the Habsburgs. But the Russians crushed the revolt. Kossuth ran away with the crown, and buried it under a tree. A traitor sold the information to the Austrians, who extracted the crown and brought it back to Royal Castle of Buda in great pomp. In its tribulations the crown had slightly suffered and the cross surmounting it had been twisted. It was never righted, perhaps in order to symbolize the freedom of Hungary."

It is probably not true as it appears that the cross has been pictured several years prior to this with the bent cross, however coins from the period show the cross in its upright position as late as 1848 but in the bent position by 1968.
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