Today in European history: the Battle of Mohi (1241)

Having already talked about the Battle of Legnica a couple of days ago, we now turn to the Mongols’ other major April 1241 fight, the Battle of Mohi (also referred to as the Battle of the Sajó River) on April 11 (it technically may have begun on April 10, but close enough). If you’ve already read the story of Legnica … Continue reading Today in European history: the Battle of Mohi (1241)

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Today in European history: the Siege of Belgrade ends (1456)

Mehmed II earned the epithet Fatih or “the Conqueror” when he captured Constantinople in 1453, and it’s lucky for him that he did, really. If he didn’t already have a slick nickname by the time of his failed effort to capture Belgrade, I can imagine he might have been saddled with a much less flattering one instead. … Continue reading Today in European history: the Siege of Belgrade ends (1456)

Today in European history: the Battle of Varna (1444)

The Battle of Varna in 1444 was arguably the most important Ottoman victory in Europe prior to their conquest of Constantinople, especially if you consider its effects alongside those of the (second) Battle of Kosovo in 1448. The Ottoman success at Varna shattered a Hungarian-Polish alliance that had been formed to counter the Turkish threat. That alliance … Continue reading Today in European history: the Battle of Varna (1444)

Today in European history: the Second Battle of Kosovo ends (1448)

When you’re talking about the “Battle of Kosovo” it’s important to be specific. As far as I know, there have been at least five “Battles of Kosovo” fought over the years, and that’s not including the Kosovo Operation in World War II and the 1998-1999 Kosovo War. Of those five battles, the Ottomans were major … Continue reading Today in European history: the Second Battle of Kosovo ends (1448)

Today in European history: the Crusade of Nicopolis (1396)

Although we think of “the Crusades” as the series of major Christian military expeditions in the Middle East (and North Africa, and Greece that one time) that took place in the 11th-13th centuries, the Crusading movement actually encompassed much more than that. The Reconquista in Iberia was, for a time, treated as a Crusade, for example. There … Continue reading Today in European history: the Crusade of Nicopolis (1396)

Today in European history: the Battle of Mohács (1526)

First of all, let’s not confuse this battle with the 1687 Battle of Mohács, which we’ve previously mentioned. The two battles of Mohács were quite different in both timing and result. This one took place in 1526 when the Ottoman Empire was still expanding into Europe. The other one happened 160 years later with the Ottomans … Continue reading Today in European history: the Battle of Mohács (1526)