Legends about Saint Ladislaus had a great impact on all future generations. His actions were preserved on church murals and in the Chronicon Pictum. Ladislaus’s most popular deed is when he is victorious over a Cuman warrior who abducted a Hungarian girl in the Battle of Cserhalom in 1068.
Chronicum Pictum describes the scene:
“Saint Ladislaus spotted a pagan, carrying a beautiful Hungarian girl on the back of his horse. Prince Ladislaus, thinking that it was the daughter of the Bishop of Várad, immediately started chasing the pagan warrior on his horse nicknamed “Nail”, even though the prince was severely injured. He couldn’t stab the Cuman, because their horses kept the same pace, and his spear remained an arms-reach from his enemy’s back. Prince Ladislaus then shouted to the girl: “My beautiful sister, grab that Cuman by his belt and pull him to the ground!” She did exactly that. Whilst the prince approached the warrior to kill him, the girl begged him to spare the Cuman’s life, and release him”
The legend of this battle actually symbolizes the Christian victory over paganism.
The bronze statue of Saint Ladislaus I is a creation of Ede Telcs.