Both Kings Want the Captive
January 5, 1534 5. King John sends Jeremy Lasky, Voivode of Transylvania, to negotiate with János Podmaniezky about Miklós Kosztka. The king offers Janos Lietava Castle in exchange for his release.
King Ferdinand sends Ferenc Reway to try convince them to hand Kosztka over to him.
The brothers reject the offers. The captive is only release after paying 5000 gold forint (several hundred million dollars in todays terms) to the Podmaniczkys.
January 12, 1534, Trenčín County officials send a letter to the Royal Commissioners telling them that because of János Podmaniezky's raids, the whole county has been miserable.
In February of 1534, King Ferdinand sent his envoy to try and negotiate a deal that would bring the Podmaniczkys over to his side but the brothers reject the offers.
Janos is Accused but Refuses to Stand Trial
Janos and Rafael have also been harassing the nobility who supported King Ferdinand, who then started to make an agreement with the Podmaniczkys that most likely involved them throwing their support behind King John. However Kazianer, commander of Ferdinand's armies, promises them that the king would send troops to defend the nobles so they stay under Ferdinand's influence. This kings falls far short of delivering the promised number of troops. King Ferdinand only manages to send 100 mounted knights to defend the territories being raided by the brothers.
The lords in the vicinity make all kinds accusations against Janos that include taking over their castles, fighting with and killing their soldiers and serfs, stealing the royal tax money, and abducting their serfs, and stealing their wine. The king orders the brothers to stand trial. Janos wants the chance to defend himself but refuses to do so in the city that Ferdinand control in a court full of their enemies including Kosztka, knowing that it would likely be a trap. So representatives of the court go to Povaszka Castle to take his deposition. Janos tells them it is his enemies who committed the very same acts against him and his territories that they accuse him of.
Budetin Castle, An International Treaty, A Change in Allegiance
The brothers capture Budetin Castle that had been damaged by Ferdinand's mercenaries and begin fixing and fortifying it and then fill it thier soldiers to defentd it. They also get large loans from the wealthy mining towns of the region which angers Kosztka who had been trying to get loans from them himself.
An agreement is made between King John, Sulieman, King Henry VIII of England and King Francis of France is negotiated by Ludovico Gritti (illegitimate son of the Doge of Venice who had been sent by Sulieman to King John's court) to form an alliance against the Habsburg King of Spain/Holy Roman Emperor. This puts King John in a strong position until Gritti tries to stage a coup against King John.
Early in the year King Ferdinand sent his envoy Ferenc Reway to try to try gand convince Janos to change his support to Ferdinand but he refused.
Now, Ferdinand's General Kazianer, takes matters into his own hands and meets with Janos and Rafael. Because King John is dealing with the attempted coup, he cannot provide the brothers with military support in accordance with their agreement.
July 27, 1534,. So the brothers negotiate a deal with Kazianer. They agree to take an oath of allegiance to Ferdinand and return the castles of Kasza and Illava in exchange for amnesty being granted to themselves and their followers and King Ferdinand confirming the Podmaniczky's possession of Lednice Castle. Also King Ferdinand agrees to pay the Podmaniczky brothers the 1600 forints he borrowed as well as 1200 forints that King Louis II had once borrowed from their uncle Istvan, the archbishop.
A few days later Miklos Kozska, who has now gone over to Ferdinand's side, tries to convince Kazianer to help him recapture Budetin Castle but Kazianer tells him that he can't because of the agreement he just made with the Janos and Rafael. Many nobles have gone over to Ferdinand's side and there is peace in the Vah Valley for a little while.
September 29, 1534 King Ferdinand I, issues a document to the Podmaniczky brothers that reaffirms their rights to to Beszterce Castle (Povaszka), the City of Bán, and gives them the estates and towns of Kisszántó and Boroseny in Transylvania.