Episode 17: The Nicopolis Crusade Part 2

This image from a 14th Century Manuscript shows a group of Knights from all over Europe including England, France, and Sicily preparing to go on Crusade. While the knights depicted here did not take place in the Nicopolis Crusade, these preparations would have resembled those of the Franco-Burgundian Crusaders when they embarked onto the Danube to start their river journey to Buda.

In 1396, Count John of Nevers, son of Duke Philip the Bold of Burgundy, led a Crusade against the Ottoman Empire. In this second part of three on the Crusade of Nicopolis we will explore the legacy of the Crusades in Late Medieval Europe and begin our march towards Nicopolis.

Time Period Covered: ~1300 – 1396

Notable People: John the Fearless, Philip the Bold, Philippe de Mezieres, King Charles VI of France, King Richard II of England, John of Gaunt, Louis of Orleans, Sigismund of Luxembourg, Mircea the Elder, Bayezid the Thunderbolt

Notable Events/Developments:  Fall of Outremer, The Truce of Leulinghem, Battle of Vidin (1396), Siege of Oryahovo (1396)

Thank you to Gary Girod from the French History Podcast and Emmanuel Dubois from La Fayette, We Are Here! for reading the quotes for this episode.

This Map from David Nicolle’s book Nicopolis 1396 shows the Crusader March towards Buda.
This Map, also from David Nicolle’s book Nicopolis 1396, shows the Crusader March from Buda to Nicopolis.


The Crusade of Nicopolis by Dr. Aziz Suryal Atiya

Nicopolis 1396 by David Nicolle

From Nicopolis to Mohacs: A History of Ottoman-Hungarian Warfare by Tamas Palosfalvi

Between Two Worlds: The Construction of the Ottoman State by Cemal Kafadar

The Ottoman Empire 1300-1650: The Structure of Power by Colin Imber

Osman’s Dream: The History of the Ottoman Empire by Caroline Finkel

Philip the Bold by Richard Vaughan

The Hundred Years War: Divided Houses by Jonathan Sumption

The Burgundians by Bart Van Loo

The Golden Age of Burgundy by Joseph Calmette

The Promised Lands by Wim Blockmans and Walter Prevenier


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