The Dacian kingdom lies at the eastern border of the Roman Empire.Only the river Danube separates the two mortal enemies.The Dacian king Decebalus knows that soon the vastly superior Roman legions will cross the river and attack Dacia.
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In 1475 Prince Stephen the Great ruler of Moldavia is facing an invading Ottoman Turkish army of 120 000 men.Only 22 years before,the Ottoman Sultan Mahomed II had conquered Constantinople,the capital of Eastern Roman Empire. Once installed in the capital of the Byzantine Emperors the Sultan sets his sights on the whole of Europe.His enormous armies of Janissaries, Sipahis and Akincis already conquered The Trebizond, the Mediteranean Isles, Greece, Albania and Bosnia.Only a few East European kingdoms are still standing unconquered in the path of the Turks.Moldavia's brave ruler Prince Stephen the Great sends envoys to the courts of Europe to warn of the Turkish menace and to ask for military help.Sultan Mahomed decides to cross the frozen wide river Danube and attack Moldavia in winter time.He's sending general Soliman-Pasha with 80 000 troops toward Bulgaria to join 2 Turkish armies led by Hrana-Beg and Ali-Beg.Europe's fate depends on the outcome of the battle. Written by
Stephen the Great or the 'Saint' (he has been canonized in 1992) ruled Moldavia between 1457-1504 and won European renown for his long resistance to the Ottoman Empire. Never before was Moldavia so expanded and so highly respected as it was during Stephen the Great's rule. A great military and political leader, Stephen consolidated princely authority, furthered economic prosperity, and reorganized the army, thus creating a powerful Moldavian state that hindered the Ottoman advance.Although helped to the throne by Vlad IV (Vlad the Impaler), prince of Walachia, Stephen attacked and defeated Vlad in 1462. Moldavia was prey to the expansionist interests of Hungary, Poland, and the Ottoman Empire, and, in 1467, Stephen repelled an attack by King Matthias Corvinus of Hungary.To prevent the Ottomans from using Walachia as a base of operations, he invaded Walachia and replaced Vlad's pro-Ottoman successor with his own candidate. Stephen continued to repulse Ottoman attacks, winning decisively at Vaslui in 1475. Nevertheless, the Moldavian position grew increasingly weak as other countries, particularly Poland and Hungary, failed to aid Stephen. It was probably on Stephen's deathbed advice that his son and successor, Bogdan, purchased (1513) the continued existence of Moldavia by paying tribute to the sultan.
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