Tamas Bakacs, a Hungarian statesman and prelate, died in 1521. The son of a serf, he became by his talents secretary of King Matthias Corvinus, who ennobled him, and after whose death he labored for the accession of Ladislas II. of Bohemia to the throne (1490). The latter accordingly made him chancellor, which office he relinquished in 1505 for a cardinal's hat, having previously been the incumbent of various episcopal sees, and finally of the archbishopric of Gran. He even aspired to the holy see, but succeeded only in being appointed legate in Hungary, and in being allowed to hold simultaneously, contrary to law, many ecclesiastical endowments and functions. On the death of Pope Julius II. (1513) he revisited Rome, still in the hope of winning the papacy; and when this hope was blasted by the election of Leo X., he obtained permission to preach a crusade against the Turks. But the army of peasants and vagabonds which rallied under Dozsa in obedience to his appeals, instead of fighting the infidels, turned their arms against the Hungarian nobility and committed frightful ravages, until they were routed by John Zapolya. This peasants' war, and the somewhat suspicious part played in the whole movement by Ba-kacs, have been graphically described in Mag-yarorszdg 1514-ben ("Hungary in 1514"), by Baron Eotvos (3 vols., Pesth, 1847-'8). The families Erdodi and Paltfy inherited the vast fortune of Bakacs.