075 The Fall of the East

Updated: Jan 1

The West raises yet another crusade against the Ottomans as their new Sultan Selim I prepares for the greatest bout of conquest the Ottoman Empire has yet seen. By the time the smoke clears, the stage will be set for a new era of Ottoman history.


Major Characters in this Episode:

Bogdan III of Moldavia

Selim I

György Dózsa

King Vladislaus of Hungary

King Louis II of Hungary

Holy Roman Emperor and Emperor of Austria Maximilian I

Martin Luther

Stephen IV of Moldavia

Holy Roman Emperor and Emperor of Austria Charles V


Timeline for this episode:

  • 1514, Moldavia submits to the Ottomans

  • 1514, Peasant revolt in Hungary

  • 1514, Victory by Poland-Lithuania against Moscow

  • 1515, First Congress of Vienna

  • 1516-7, Ottoman Mamluk War

  • 1516, Vladislaus dies and is replaced by his son Louis

  • 1517, Martin Luther posts his 95 theses

  • 1517, Bogdan III dies in Moldavia

  • 1519 Maximilian, Emperor of Austria and Holy Roman Emperor dies and is replaced by Charles V, sparking the Italian War of 1521-1526

  • 1520, Selim I dies and is succeeded by Suleiman the Magnificent




György Dózsa, the leader of the Hungarian Peasant Uprising (this portrait is from 1913)

The brutal torture of György Dózsa

A painting of the initial meeting between Vladislaus, Maximilian, and Sigismund at the 1515 Congress of Vienna

The double wedding between the children and grandchildren of Maximilian and Vladislaus

A depiction of fighting between the Ottomans and Mamluks

Mamluk horse armor

Ottoman Sultan Selim I on campaign against the Mamluks in Egypt

Selim I on his deathbed

The young Hapsburg Emperor Charles V