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Miraculous Escapes From Ottoman Captivity

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Prisoners of war in Ottoman captivity faced the greatest ordeals of their lives. In their grave situation, they could primarily rely on their own skills or some spiritual help. The latter was probably useful to reinforce individual courage to carry out the action. One of the morals of the cases contained in the register of miracles is that the captives could not really rely on outside help. There is only one case among them where a Hungarian sortie made the escape possible. In the case of the other miraculous escapes, the Hungarian troops of the count of Temes and the banus of Macsó, which were to defend the endangered areas, not only did not play any role, but it appears that the captives themselves did not count on them either.

Keywords: Hungarian sortie; Hungarian troops; miraculous escapes; Ottoman captivity; prisoners; spiritual help



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