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15th-century French miniature depicting Part of the Byzantine–Seljuk wars. Source: Public Domain

Unveiling The Bloodiest Medieval Battles You’ve Never Heard Of (Video)

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The annals of medieval warfare are replete with epic clashes often overshadowed by their more celebrated counterparts. Among these overlooked conflicts is the Battle of Mohi in 1241 AD, where the Mongol onslaught against the Kingdom of Hungary resulted in a devastating toll of 60,000 Hungarian lives. The Mongol triumph, halted only by the death of Ögodei, altered the course of European history.

In 1071 AD, the Battle of Manzikert witnessed the Seljuk Turks humbling the Byzantine Empire under Emperor Romanos, leading to the capture of the emperor and the decline of Byzantine influence in the Middle East.

Fontenoy, in 841 AD, marked a fraternal feud among the Carolingian heirs, resulting in unprecedented bloodshed and the fragmentation of the Carolingian Empire, paving the way for centuries of political instability in Europe. The Battle of Helgea in 1026 solidified Cnut the Great's dominance over Norway and Sweden, shaping the geopolitical landscape of Northern Europe.

Grunwald in 1410 saw the Teutonic Knights' defeat by a coalition of Poland and Lithuania, signaling the decline of Teutonic influence in the Baltic region. Lastly, at Legnano in 1176, the Lombard League dealt a decisive blow to Holy Roman Emperor Frederick Barbarossa, reshaping Italian politics and laying the groundwork for the emergence of independent Italian city-states.

These forgotten battles, though absent from mainstream discourse, hold significant historical importance, shaping the destiny of nations and leaving an indelible mark on the fabric of medieval history.

Top image: 15th-century French miniature depicting Part of the Byzantine–Seljuk wars. Source: Public Domain

By Robbie Mitchell

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I’m a graduate of History and Literature from The University of Manchester in England and a total history geek. Since a young age, I’ve been obsessed with history. The weirder the better. I spend my days working as a freelance... Read More

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