By David Nicolle
Osprey's crusade identify for the campaign conflict at Nicopolis (1396). via the second one half the 14th century, the as soon as effective Byzantine Empire have been diminished to little greater than town of Constantinople. In 1391, the Ottoman ruler Sultan Bayazid I 'The Lightning' besieged town. Pope Boniface IX preached a campaign and a French-led military of 10,000 marched east. At Nicopolis they met the Ottoman military in conflict. Ignoring the recommendation in their Hungarian and Transylvanian allies, the Crusaders charged the Turks and have been in flip smashed through the Ottoman heavy cavalry. The final campaign ended at the banks of the Danube because the Crusaders desperately sought to flee from the pursuing Turks.
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