This is a book written by Anton Novacan, (originally written in Slovene and translated into German)
It is written for the Theater, it is a play. It is a true story of the Cilley family from 1300. The family Cilley had a lot of power, very rich. It is a story of the rise and fall of the Cilley. There was never a family with so much power and money as the Cilleys in a land of no importance. The Cilley name comes from Slowanien, Bosnia, Hungary. They came into power by marrying Kings of Slawanien, and Bosnia. For example Barbara Cilley married King Simundis of Slawania.
The Cilley woman all married Kings from Bosnia and other lands in the area. That is how they became so powerful. Herman Von Cilley killed his wife so he could be with another woman. This is why he lost power. The rise and fall of Cilley was so fast that it did not make much a history for the books.
There are just a few examples in the universal history, that one generation of people from a remote, still land, with smart Policy and political cunning tried to make changes in such a big Empire so quickly, as these the earls from Cilli about egress of the Middle ages did. Infrequent is but also such, as the Cilli´s fell into nothingness, that only recollection and history was left behind. At the beginning Businessmen took over the east banks of the Alps and expanded their holdings, their assets towards Karnten, Steiermark and Krain, who joined with each other first along with the Emperor's, became but later adversaries and rivals. In the year 1341 did he receive the title Graf over his town (as late as a good century later became a city) Cilli (slowenisch Celje), that as inheritance was given upon him. So started his steeper ascent into power. Through joining other Royal Families such as Polish and Bosnia Kings, he began to take over the government for himself in the Middle European States. Ensuring his power the Earl from Cilli, Hermann II, in the battle against the Turks and the Hungarian Nobles saved the life of King Sigismund from Luxemburg. Sigismund, out of respect wedded Hermans daughter Barbara, as a gift to Hermann, he received great land possessions at Kroatia, gave him the title "Slawonian Banus", after that a "Vice King", and called him as Hungarian Empire Baron. His death ruined hopes however Earl Hermann to become Prince, that by wedlock to Sigismund would have been levied (1436) and so apart from the Emporers could have had freewheeling rule. Herman's grandchild Ulrich II. increased the power of the Cilli´s by marrying the Serbian-orthodoxen daughter of the Despot Georg Brankovic, Katharina. With that, he became Vice King from Bohemia. He landed himself in a war with his Emperors, because they refused to let him have the Princen title, but chose to make an Inheritance contract with them, according to which family generation should die out first, would inherit all of Cilli lands and rule over them. He acquired his Kroatian-Dalmatinian Banschaft (Banus Croatiae et Daimatiae)(inheritence from Grandfather Herman), and then he joined up with the powerful Hungarian Tycoons "Hunyadi," and Ulrich Cilli was also the Captain of the Armies in Hungary. The son of Ulrich´s cousin was to be the next leader of Hungary, but he was too young, underage to rule so the Nobles ruled the government till he came of age. The Nobles feared the Cillier had much too much power and that the Cilli´s would be dangerous for them, Ladislaus Hunyadi in the year 1456 had murdered Ulrich Cilli in the Fortress in Belgrade. And so the Family Cilli dies out. For there were no direct relative to receive the inheritance. Along with him died his generation, the Earls from Cilli from which all belongings went to alternate hands.
The history of the Earls from Cilli is greatly emotional, especially appealing is when we talk about the last Cillier, namely about Earl Hermann II. , His son, the Prince Friedrich II. And his grandchild, the Prince Ulrich II. It is about them that the Chronicle the Grafs from Cilli in the 15th Century is based. Thanks are actually given to the people till this day that has passed (conserved) the story on from generation to generation. But even though his grand statesmanlike and war deeds earn admiration, the reputation of the Cillier are ruined because of fear and unrighteous acts, appal and agony stayed in the memories of the peoples. So is it that there are two stories of the Cillís that are engraved in the memories of the people. One story handles Hermann 's son Friedrich II., his unloved wife Elisabeth Frangipani whom he killed, so he could in secret marry the young and pretty Veronika from Desnitz, the daughter of a small, not so well known Kroatian Nobel. Friedrich 's act against the States Policy of his fathers, commanded that, Veronika be drowned. The second history chronicles are about the last greedy Cillier, Prince Ulrich; the "Farm boy" was surprised one night while on the way to visit his village friend. At that embarrassing situation the Prince had to pay them who saw this to shut up about the visit. For Ulrich was actually a farm boy who happened to be a relative of the Cilli.
Johann Ritter von Kalchberg wrote in 1792 a dramatik story "The Grafen von Cilli"
Franz Erkel, a componist, used the example of the Hungarian National Hyme for an Opra titled "Hunyadi László" , 1844
Michael Vörösmarty, a poet wrote "Czillei és a Hunyadiak". All in inspiration of the Cilli stories. From 1817- 1976 were 24 different stories written.
The Cillis lived right up until they died out, in Slovenian (part of Jugoslawien). In his land the people worked hard and suffered. There was an unending fight between the Cilli and his enemies. The people therefor have kept many stories of the Cillis alive.
DR. ANTON NOVACAN, by profession, attorney, known as Author and storywriter. Served as Diplomat in the 2nd World War, duty as consul and minister. He served in the Kings government in Cairo, and could not return to his homeland, Jugoslavian after the war. Anton Novacan lived by the ruins of the old Castle Cilli. The ruins were always in sight of where he lived and had inspired him. Anton then settled in Argentina, where in 1951 as Farmer, died.
The Wappen or Family Crest, the stars are in a radiant b´lue background, the three stars mean three peoples, one thought, one will in pride and honor, the three stars south mean the outlook in the power and authority to the sea. The family crest saying is "Better to be a Knight then a simple worker or person."
Many thanks to Bruce Fortin who read and translated this book for me. There is no evidence that we are descended from these people.