<!--See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Footnotes for an explanation of how to generate footnotes using the The Magnate conspiracy, also known as the Zrinski–Frankopan Conspiracy () in Croatia, and Wesselényi conspiracy () in Hungary, was a 17th century attempt to throw off Habsburg and other foreign influences over Hungary and Croatia.Magyar Régészeti, Művészettörténeti és Éremtani Társulat. Művészettörténeti értesítő. (Budapest: Akadémiai Kiadó. 1976), 27 The attempted coup was caused by the unpopular Peace of Vasvár, struck in 1664 between Holy Roman EmperorLeopold I and the Ottoman Empire. The poorly organized attempt at revolt gave the Habsburgs reason to clamp down on their opponents. It was named after Hungarian Count Ferenc Wesselényi, and by Croatian counts Nikola Zrinski, Petar Zrinski and Fran Krsto Frankopan.
The expansion of the Ottoman Empire into Europe began in the middle of the 14th century leading to confrontation with both Serbia and the Byzantine Empire and culminating in the defeat of both nations in, respectively, the Battle of Kosovo (1389) and the Fall of Constantinople (1453). This expansionist policy eventually brought them into conflict with the Habsburgs a number of times during the 16th and 17th centuries.<ref name =... Read More