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Esterhá zy family Explained

Esterhá zy family at English => English (The Britannica Concise) Of Explained:

Aristocratic Magyar family, dating from at least the 15th cent., that produced numerous Hungarian diplomats, army officers, and patrons of the arts. By the 18th cent. the Esterhá zys were the largest landowners in Hungary and possessed a private fortune even larger than that of the Habsburg emperors, whom they supported. The great Esterhá zy palace was built at Eisenstadt, on Neusiedler Lake. F. J. Haydn spent most of his career as music director at the palace. The family's various members held important governmental, ecclesiastical, diplomatic, and military posts in Hungary well into the 20th cent.