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Three Kings of Hungary—Sigismund, Albert and Wladislas

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At the Battle of the Sava in 1441, Hunyadi was able to intercept and defeat Ishak Bey's raiders returning from the north with a force based out of Belgrade fortress. Hunyadi needed money to build and maintain his army to provide for this defense and to wage successful campaigns. The only person zealous about defeating the Turks was John Hunyadi. Hunyadi's victory was not only a skilled commander but a loyal familiaris, answering the king's summons with alacrity and zeal. His decisive action resulted in the defeat of a rival army at a time when there was no alternative to victory. After winning his first dramatic victory against Wladislas' rivals at Battaszek the grateful king bestowed on him the Voivodeship of Transylvania. Hunyadi used this office to raise his own funds and his own army which he employed with startling success in the ensuing years.

Keywords:Battaszek; Belgrade fortress; Hunyadi; Ishak Bey; Voivodeship of Transylvania; Wladislas



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