Statue of Gábor Bethlen, by György Vastagh, Heroes' Square, Budapest, Hungary
Ruins of the Báthorys' castle at Szilágysomlyó (now Șimleu Silvaniei in Romania)
Bethlen on horseback (print)
The Báthorys' fortress at Nagyecsed in 1688
Transylvanian Thaler of Gabriel Bethlen showing his portrait and coat of arms (1621)
Michael Weiss, mayor of Brassó (now Brașov in Romania)
Principality of Gabriel Bethlen
Szeben during the 17th century
Seal of Bethlen
Várad (now Oradea in Romania) in 1617

The Sultan decided to replace Gabriel with an exiled Transylvanian nobleman, Gabriel Bethlen, and sent troops to invade the principality in August 1613.

- Gabriel Báthory

In 1605, Bethlen supported Stephen Bocskay and his successor Gabriel Báthory (1608–1613).

- Gabriel Bethlen

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Prince of Transylvania and Hungary from 1605 to 1606.

Prince of Transylvania and Hungary from 1605 to 1606.

A bastion of Bocskai's castle at Nagykereki
The fortress of Várad (now Oradea in Romania) in 1598 (an engraving by Joris Hoefnagel)
Bocskai's nephew, Sigismund Báthory, Prince of Transylvania
The Holy Roman Emperor, Rudolph, who was also the ruler of Royal Hungary, an engraving by Aegidius Sadeler (1603)
Rudolph's commander, Giorgio Basta, who planned to murder Bocskai
Kassa (now Košice in Slovakia) in 1617
Bocskai's princely seal
Crown of Stephen Bocskai (a diadem that the Grand Vizier, Lala Mehmed Pasha, gave to Bocskai)
Bocskai's golden ducate, depicting the elderly prince
Bocskai's statue on the Reformation Wall (Geneva, Switzerland)

The leader of the Transylvanian noblemen who had fled to the Ottoman Empire, Gabriel Bethlen, sent a letter to Bocskai urging him to rise up against Rudolph, but Bocskai refused.

They also claimed that Káthay had falsified Bocskai's testament to prevent the young Gábor Báthory from seizing the throne.