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Thus the pursuers became the pursued and the slaughter was reversed even more fiercely, while the survivors were carried into captivity. The position of the Hungarians and Wallachians had become desperate even before the Turks descended on the plain. The stampede of the riderless horses discarded before the field of stakes was taken in the rear as a sign of discomfiture, and the Wallachians started to withdraw. Confusion followed in the Hungarian lines as a consequence, though Sigismund and his loyal feudatories continued to fight as hard and as long as was humanly possible.
The count himself sailed from the lagoons of Venice on June 11, 1366, andall the galleys reunited at Coron on July 19. After settling a local dispute 20. See below, pp. 371-375. 01. I THE CRUSADE IN THE FOURTEENTH CENTURY 19 between Angelo, the Latin archbishop o f Patras, and Marie of Bourbon, the titular empress of Constantinople, Amadeo's ships proceeded toward their first objective, Gallipoli, across the Aegean by way of Negroponte. Gallipoli had been t he earliest European prey to Ottoman aggression when in 1354 it was wrested by sultan Orkhan from emperor John VI Cantacuzenus; thenceforth that peninsula had become the chief landing place for the Asian troops on European soil and a magnificent base for military operations in the Balkans.
If this blockade were rigorously sustained over a period of three years, the Mamluk sultans would be completely crippled, and their resources of men and material dried up. It is only then that the Christians might conduct their crusade with assured success for the recapture and retention of the Holy Land. In reality, the examples mentioned represent only a fraction of 14. Ed. J. Bongars in Cesro dei per Francos .. (2 vols. in 1, Hanover, 1611); partial trans. by A. Stewart for Palestine Pilgrims' Text Society (London, I 896 ).
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