Battle of Manzikert
|Battle of Manzikert|
|Part of the Byzantine-Seljuk wars|
In this 15th-century French miniature showing the Battle of Manzikert, the combatants are clad in Western European armour of the time.
|Byzantine Empire||Great Seljuk Sultanate|
|Commanders and leaders|
|Up to 70,000(More than half deserted)
~ 20,000 - 30,000 took part.
|~ 20,000 - 30,000|
|Casualties and losses|
The Battle of Manzikert, or Malazgirt (Turkish: Malazgirt Savaşı) was fought between the Byzantine Empire and Seljuq Empire. The Seljuq forces attacked on August 26, 1071 near Manzikert, (modern Malazgirt, Turkey). Its result was one of the most decisive defeats of the Byzantine Empire and the capture of the Byzantine Emperor Romanos IV Diogenes. The Battle of Manzikert played an important role in breaking the Byzantine resistance and preparing the way for the Turkish settlement in Anatolia.
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