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The Ottoman Series Episode 11: Of Thy Insolence and Folly-Prelude to the Battle of Ankara



By 1399 Sultan Bayezid ‘Thunderbolt’ had secured his European and Anatolian holdings. The Kingdom of Hungary was on the retreat after the disaster of the Crusade of Nicopolis. In the east Anatolian Beys were swallowed up one by one and the hated Karamanid City of Konya finally fell into Ottoman hands. However in the far east rose the Ottomans greatest threat yet, that of Timur. The episode covers the run-up to the devastating Battle of Ankara by examining the political/strategic situation and the factors and circumstances leading up to the battle. Timur is profiled.

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The Ottoman Series Episode 10 Part 2: A Crusade Dies at Nicopolis



The Crusaders head out from Buda, Hungary and turn south into Ottoman territory. Along the way the army brutally sacks the Town of Oryahovo spreading terror and dread of the Crusader army in both Muslim and Orthodox Christian hearts alike. Meanwhile the Thunderbolt Sultan is gathering his army in Bulgaria readying for a quick march to catch the invaders by surprise. Dogan Bey the wily Ottoman governor of Nicopolis settles down for a siege as the Crusaders encamp outside the city gates. The Crusader War Council is divided against itself with King Sigismund arguing for a rational plan of attack vs the obstinate and arrogant French Knights full of pride and folly. Sultan Bayezid closes in with the well disciplined Sipahi and iron Janissaries for the kill.

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The Ottoman Series Episode 9: Thunderbolt turns to Europe



Episode 9 wraps up Sultan Bayezid’s first campaign into Anatolia by covering the Battle of Kirkdilim. A rebellious subordinate and maverick commander prevents the Ottomans from putting the final whammy on the City of Konya. The remaining free Turkish Beys rally behind a crafty warlord. Events in Europe thanks to King Sigismund of Hungary forces the Sultan to switch forces from Anatolia and a brief bio of Sigismund. The end of episode announcements cover special shout outs, podcast recommendations, and how you can support the show.

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The Ottoman Series Episode 8: The Thunderbolt Strikes



Bayezid I assumes the Sultanate after the death of Murad I. Ferocious in temper, impulsive, martial, greedy for lands and glory, he quickly earns numerous enemies and becomes known as the ‘Thunderbolt’ Sultan. Brief bio of his background and the first part of his campaign into Anatolia as the Sultan cut a bloody swath through the hinterlands. Also covers the post-Battle of Kosovo settlement with Serbia as Stephan the Tall becomes the leader after Lazar’s death.

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The Ottoman Series Episode 7: Battle of Kosovo and the end of the road for Sultan Murad



While deep in Anatolia fighting the Karamanids Sultan Murad I gets word of a massive Ottoman defeat in Bosnia, the Battle of Belica. The Ottoman defeat causes the Christian kingdoms to unite in a Crusade meant to crush the Turks in Europe and drive them out. Sultan Murad invades Bulgaria then swings west and crosses into Serbia intent on finding and killing Prince Lazar. At the Plain of the Black Birds in Serbia both sides meet for what history would call the Battle of Kosovo. At the zenith of the battle Murad is brought down by an assassins dagger. The stage is thus set for the future Ottoman Sultan Bayezid I, or Thunderbolt Sultan.

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The Ottoman Series Episode 1: The Dream of Osman



Episode covers the nomadic migrations of the Turkish people from the borders of China and Mongolia during the 700s all the way into Central Asia. The rise of the Seljuks is treated sparsely as the main focus is upon the Ottomans. The declining power of the Byzantines is explored in the battles of Manizkert and Bapheus. Time period I covered is roughly the 700s through to 1301.

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