Rákóczi, Ferenc (1675–1735) In Hungarian legend, prince who led a revolt against Austrian oppression. According to some tales, he did not die but is resting, waiting for the time to come to Hungary’s aid. Rákóczi has given his name to a well-known Hungarian marching tune used by Hector Berlioz in his cantata The Damnation of Faust and by Franz Liszt in Hungarian Rhapsody No. 15, written in the 1840s.
Encyclopedia of World Mythology and Legend, Third Edition – Written by Anthony S. Mercatante & James R. Dow– Copyright © 2009 by Anthony S. Mercatante