The crusades ended in what is now Bulgaria on 10 November 1444.
Following a year of bitter battles throughout the Danubian plane, the forces of the king of Poland and Hungary, Władysław III, encountered the Ottoman Sultan Murad II for the final showdown, near the Black Sea coast.
Władysław went straight into battle. He aimed at the sultan, but was killed instantly. The Christian army retreated. The Ottomans cemented their power in the Balkans and started eyeing the West. For the next two centuries they became a formidable power, one that every state in Europe feared.
The body of the dead Władysław disappeared from the battlefield. He now has two tombs – the official one in the Wawel Cathedral in Krakow, the burial site of Polish kings, and the other where he was slain – on the outskirts of a major town, in a beautiful park. It is one of the few mementos of the West European Middle Ages in Bulgaria.
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