The Andrássys were renowned for fighting the Turks, and as prominent feudal lords, enjoyed widespread respect in Hungary. Dionýz tarnished the family name, however, when he secretly married Františka Hablavcová, a commoner with no property or rank. His father disinherited him.
On his deathbed, though, Adrássy senior forgave his son, and Dionýz inherited great wealth. While word of Dionýz's new fortune spread through the lounges of Hungary's upper class, he and his wife began to spend their money quite untraditionally - on charity.
This picture from the 1920s shows Dionýz had blue blood in him, too. He and his wife are buried in the splendid tomb.
Prepared by Branislav Chovan, Special to the Spectator
6. Dec 2004 at 0:00