Battle of Manzikert

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Battle of Manzikert
Part of the Byzantine-Seljuk wars
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In this 15th-century French miniature showing the Battle of Manzikert, the combatants are clad in Western European armour of the time.

Date August 26, 1071
Location Manzikert, (modern Malazgirt)
Result Decisive Seljuk victory
Participants
Flag of the Greek Orthodox Church.svg Byzantine Empire Great Seljuk Sultanate
Commanders and leaders
Romanus IV,
Nikephoros Bryennios,
Theodore Alyates,
Andronikos Doukas
Alp Arslan
Strength
Up to 70,000[1](More than half deserted)
~ 20,000 - 30,000 took part.
~ 20,000 - 30,000
Casualties and losses
~ 8,000 Unknown

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).[2] 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.[3]

Notes[change | change source]

  1. Konstam, Angus (2004). The Crusades. London: Mercury Books. pp. p. 40.
  2. Hewsen, Robert H. (2001). Armenia: a historical atlas. The University of Chicago Press. pp. p. 126. ISBN 0-226-33228-4 .
  3. Peter Malcolm Holt, Ann Katharine Swynford Lambton, Bernard Lewis The Cambridge History of Islam, 1977, p.231,232 Book at google books

References[change | change source]

  • Haldon, John. The Byzantine Wars: Battles and Campaigns of the Byzantine Era, 2001. ISBN 0-7524-1795-9.

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