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Pál Tomori (ca 1475[1] – 29 August 1526) was a Catholic monk and archbishop of Kalocsa, Hungary.[2] He defeated an Ottoman army near Sremska Mitrovica (Hungarian language: Szávaszentdemeter-Nagyolaszi) in 1523.[3]

Pál Tomori was elected commander-in-chief (jointly with György Szapolyai) of the Hungarian army in the battle of Mohács in 1526. He died there while trying to stop fleeing soldiers.

Paul Tomori

Tomori's romantic statue in Kalocsa


Many legends and stories exist about him. These include that his wife was killed, causing him to become a monk, and that he only became archbishop due to the pressure of his king, but refused to wear anything but his armour and the monk's cowl.[citation needed]


  1. Béla Varjas, Iván Horváth (1990). Régi magyar költők tára, XVI századbeli magyar költők művei: Valkai András, Görcsöni Ambrus, Majssai Benedek, Gergei Albert, Huszti Péter Énekei. Eurialus és Lucretia históriája. Telamon históriája. Bogáti Fazakas Miklós folytatása Görcsöni Ambrus históriájához. 1567-1577; Volume 9 of Régi magyar költők tára, XVI századbeli magyar költők művei. Akadémiai Kiadó. pp. 568. ISBN 963-05-5357-0. 
  2. Makkai, Adam (1996). In quest of the 'miracle stag': the poetry of Hungary: an anthology of Hungarian poetry in English translation from the 13th century to the present in commemoration of the 1100th anniversary of the foundation of Hungary and the 40th anniversary of the Hungarian Uprising of 1956. Chicago: Atlantis-Centaur. pp. 188. ISBN 0-9642094-0-3. 
  3. Pál Fodor and Géza Dávid: Ottomans, Hungarians, and Habsburgs in Central Europe: the military confines

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