The story of the first Slovenian historical novel takes place at Rače Castle. Between the years of 1668 and 1671 it was owned by Count Hans Erasmus of Tattenbach. Together with Croatian, Hungarian and Slovenian nobles, he was one of the conspirators in an infamous failed conspiracy against the Holy Roman Emperor Leopold I in the middle of the 17th century.
The castle served as a summer residence, and it was also used to hold parties and hunting events. As a wealthy landowner he owned many lands all over Styria. At the castle, he regularly met with his mistress Katarina Zrinski, the wife of the Croatian Ban Zrinski. She was the one to convince him to join the conspiracy. The Count enjoyed life to the fullest, and also the company of beautiful women, hence it was no surprise that he fell under the spell of the beautiful young vintner’s daughter Marijanca. The Count’s scribe Baltazar Ribelj also fell under her charms. He took great offense when he found out about the Count’s indecent intentions.
A SHAMEFUL PEACE TREATY
In 1668, Count Hans Erasmus Tattenbach and the noble Croatian conspirators: Ban Petar Zrinski and Fran Krsto Frankopan signed a conspiracy letter against the Emperor. The conspirators resented the Emperor for his agreement with the Ottoman Empire (Peace of Vasvár in 1664). They thought he signed a shameful peace treaty because he accepted peace conditions that presented the Turks as the winners. The latter could therefore retain the territories they occupied before the war. Count Tattenbach also took offence at the Emperor’s oppression of the Slovenian People and the restricted use of Slovenian language.
A STORY OF CONSPIRACY, GREED AND LOVE
The noblemen had many reasons for organising a conspiracy against the Emperor. Count Hans Erasmus Tattenbach initially had some concerns regarding the conspiracy. Later, however, he joined them and promised to contribute farmers and miners from his property and a guard. The story ended tragically. One evening, a couple of days before the beginning of the uprising, Tattenbach and his stableman came back from a dinner at one of the Count’s wine houses. The Count had a habit of drinking wine and talking too much. He told the stableman about the conspiracy. As soon at the Count went to sleep, the stableman rode off to Maribor to the Count’s scribe Baltazar Ribelj, who informed the local court in Maribor and revealed the conspiracy. Thus, he took revenge on the Count because he had stolen the beautiful Marjanca from him. In the following days, Count Tattenbach was arrested. The organisation of a conspiracy meant a death sentence for high treason. They seized his property. The punishment was decapitation, but before that they cut off his right arm. Count Tattenbach was executed in Graz in December 1671. The lives of other participants of the conspiracy also ended tragically.
JOSIP JURČIČ AND THE FIRST SLOVENIAN HISTORICAL NOVEL
The magnificent castle and the extraordinary story of the conspiracy inspired the Slovenian writer Josip Jurčič to write the first Slovenian historical novel, Ivan Erazem Tattenbach (Eng. Hans Erasmus Tattenbach). The novel was first published in the newspaper “Slovenski narod” (Eng. The Slovenian Nation) on the 1st of January 1873.
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