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Titusz Vay saves the king Sigismund of Hungary in the Battle of Nicopolis.

Titusz Vay saves the king Sigismund of Hungary in the Battle of Nicopolis.

Battle of Nicopolis, (Sept. 25, 1396), military engagement that resulted in a Turkish victory over an army of European crusaders. It brought an end to massive international efforts to halt Turkish expansion into the Balkans and central Europe.
When the Ottoman sultan Bayezid I (ruled 1389–1402) laid siege to Constantinople (now Istanbul) in 1395, the Byzantine emperor Manuel II Palaeologus appealed to the Christian rulers of Europe for aid. King Sigismund of Hungary responded by organizing a crusade. In July 1396 knights from France, Burgundy, England, Germany, and the Netherlands joined Sigismund at Buda and set out first to evict the Turks from the Balkans and then to march through Anatolia and Syria to Jerusalem.

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