Hungarian Blood Oath Contract

 Hungarian Blood Oath Contract

In the 9th century, under High Prince Álmos, a “blood oath contract” was traditionally held to be the first, unwritten constitution of the Hungarian nation.



The Bloodletting was an oath; two or more parties swear an oath in blood to each other, for instance, that their friendship will never be broken or perhaps to formalize the merging of two or more tribes into one nation. In the case of Árpád’s people, the oath was taken by the leaders of eight nations consisting of perhaps two major languages or ethnic groups. This alliance was formed with the intention of conquering the Carpathian Basin. Taking place at a time when Árpád’s father, Álmos, was still ruler, a massive undertaking was planned in advance. They agreed to the following:

As long as they and their descendants were alive, they would elect a leader from the descendants of Álmos. They would all share equally in the land and goods they acquired.

The leaders, having elected Álmos to be their king, made the decision of their own free will. Furthermore, neither they themselves nor their descendants should ever be excluded from the central ruling council and other leadership positions in the country.

If anyone among their descendants were to become unfaithful to the king, or conspire against him and his relatives, the blood of the guilty should flow like theirs did in the oath they took to king Álmos.

If anyone among King Álmos’ and the other leaders’ descendants were to violate the agreements which they sealed with their oath, they should be cursed forever.

Reference// Exhibit 16: Covenant of Blood by Lajos Káy  and

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