Nicopolis 1396

Nicopolis 1396

The Last Crusade

Campaign 64
  • Author: David Nicolle
  • Illustrator: Christa Hook
  • Short code: CAM 64
  • Publication Date: 15 Oct 1999
  • ISBN: 9781855329188
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number of Pages: 96
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About this Product

By the second half of the 14th century, the once mighty Byzantine Empire had been reduced to little more than the city of Constantinople. In 1391, the Ottoman ruler Sultan Bayazid I 'The Lightning' besieged the city. Pope Boniface IX preached a crusade and a French-led army of 10,000 marched east. At Nicopolis they met the Ottoman army in battle. Ignoring the advice of their Hungarian and Transylvanian allies, the Crusaders charged the Turks and were in turn smashed by the Ottoman heavy cavalry. The last Crusade ended on the banks of the Danube as the Crusaders desperately sought to escape from the pursuing Turks.

Biographical Note

David Nicolle was born in 1944, the son of the illustrator Pat Nicolle. He worked in the BBC Arabic service for a number of years, before gaining an MA from the School of Oriental and African Studies, London, and a doctorate from Edinburgh University. He later taught world and Islamic art and architectural history at Yarmuk University, Jordan. He has written many books and articles on medieval and Islamic warfare, and has been a prolific author of Osprey titles for many years. David lives and works in Leicestershire, UK.Christa Hook began her illustrating career in 1986. Her work has featured extensively in the worlds of publishing and television, and she has established herself as one of Osprey's most popular illustrators. Her illustrations combine the historian's attention to detail with the artist's sense of drama and atmosphere, and they are sought after by collectors worldwide.

Contents

Origins of the Campaign
The Opposing Commanders
Crusader Leaders
Ottoman Leaders
Opposing Forces
Crusader Armies
Ottoman Armies
Serbian Armies
The Opposing Plans
Crusader Invasion Plans
The Ottoman Defence Plan
The Campaign
Assembling the Crusading Army
The Invasion
Bayazid's Response
The Battle
Bayazid's Revenge
Aftermath and Reckoning
The Battlefields Today
Chronology
Further Reading
Wargaming Nicopolis

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