Sigismund Bathory is a Hungarian ruler.
1581-1588 – He became the prince of Transylvania (ruled under regency 1581-1588).
1588 – Attained his majority, and joined the league of Christian princes against the Turk.
Bathory had inherited the military genius of his uncle, and his victories astonished contemporary Europe.
1598 – Sigismund resigned as Prince of Transylvania in favor of Emperor Rudolf II (the reigning Holy Roman Emperor and King of Hungary).
1595 – Sigismund Bathory signed a treaty with Michael the Brave, the Voivode of Wallachia, in which Wallachia came under sovereignty of Transylvania.
1599 – Abdicated throne and took holy orders.
1600 – Sigismund at the head of an army of Poles and Cossacks, he attempted to recover his throne, but was routed by Michael, voivode of Moldavia and Wallachia, at Suceava.
1601 – The diet of Cluj (Klausenburg) reinstated him, but again he was driven out by Michael the Brave and general Giorgio Basta, never to return.
1613 – Sigismund Bathory died at Prague.