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Years and decades later, Manzikert came to be seen as a disaster for the Empire; later sources therefore greatly exaggerate the numbers of troops and the number malazgirtt casualties. CS1 German-language sources de Use dmy dates from August Wikipedia articles needing clarification from August All articles with unsourced statements Articles with unsourced statements from August Coordinates on Wikidata Good articles.

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A payment of 10 million gold pieces demanded by the Sultan as a ransom for Romanos was deemed as too high by the latter, so the Sultan reduced its short-term expense by asking for 1. However, the right and left wings, where the arrows did most of their damage, almost broke up when individual units tried to force the Seljuks into a pitched battle; the Seljuk cavalry simply disengaged when challenged, the classic hit and run tactics of steppe warriors.

On 25 August, some of Romanos’ Turkic mercenaries came into contact with their Seljuk kin and deserted. He died soon after as a result meydann an infection caused by an injury during his brutal blinding. The Battle of Manzikert illustrated ed. In this 15th-century French miniature depicting the Battle of Manzikert, the combatants are clad in contemporary Western European armour.

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Alp Arslan treated Romanos with considerable kindness and again offered the terms of peace that he had offered prior to the battle. The brunt of the battle was borne by the professional soldiers from the eastern and western tagmataas large numbers of mercenaries and Anatolian levies fled early and survived the battle.

The Emperor attempted to recall Tarchaneiotes, who was no longer in the area. Although the Byzantine Empire had remained strong and powerful in the Middle Ages, [16] it began to decline under the reign of the militarily incompetent Constantine IX and again under Constantine X —a brief two-year period of reform under Isaac I merely delayed the decay of the Byzantine army.

The Seljuks did not pursue the fleeing Byzantines, nor did they recapture Manzikert itself at this point. Romanos’ final foray into the Anatolian heartland, which he had worked so hard to defend, was a public humiliation. In hindsight, both Byzantine and contemporary historians are unanimous in dating the decline of Byzantine fortunes to this battle.


The implications of Myriocephalum were initially limited, malazgurt, thanks to Manuel I Komnenos holding on to power. Romanos sent the Armenian general Basilakes and some cavalry, as Romanos did not believe this was Alp Arslan’s full army. The survivors were the many who fled the field and were pursued throughout the night, but not beyond that; by dawn, the professional core of the Byzantine army had been destroyed whilst many of the peasant troops and levies who had been under the command of Andronikus had fled.

Romanus entered Armenia along the southern branch of the upper Euphrates. Davis writes, “Byzantine defeat severely limited the power of the Byzantines by denying them control over Anatolia, the major recruiting ground for muharebeesi. Some authors suppose that Armenians were the first to flee and they all managed to get away, while by contrast the Turkish auxiliaries remained loyal to the end.

Alp Arslan summoned his army and delivered a speech by muhaeebesi in a white malaztirt similar to an Islamic funeral shroud in the morning of muhareebesi battle. Byzantium at War — This included Frankish and Norman mercenaries under Roussel de Bailleulsome Turkic Uz and Pecheneg and Bulgarian mercenariesinfantry under the duke of Antiocha contingent of Georgian and Armenian troops and some but not all malazigrt the Varangian Guard to total around 40, men.

They included intrigues for the throne, the fate of Romanos, and Roussel de Bailleul attempting to carve himself an independent kingdom in Galatia with muharebbesi 3, FrankishNormanand German mercenaries.

However, the right wing misunderstood the order, and Doukas, as a rival of Romanos, deliberately ignored the emperor and marched back to the camp outside Manzikert, rather than covering the emperor’s retreat.

As he was leaving the capital the news came through from Italy that Bary, the last Byzantine possession in the peninsula, had fallen to the Normans. The chroniclers tell in tragic detail of the Emperor’s march eastward along the great Byzantine military road.

There were no engagements that day, but on 26 August the Byzantine army gathered itself into a proper battle formation and began to march on the Turkish positions, with the left wing muhaeebesi Bryennios, malaazgirt right wing under Theodore Alyatesand the centre under the emperor. This page was last edited on 26 Decemberat The Empire finally turned to the spreading Seljuks to crush de Bailleul which they did. According to Ibn al-Adimin the presence of Arslan, Romanos blamed the raids of Rashid al-Dawla Mahmud into Byzantine territory for his interventions in Muslim territories which eventually led to the Battle of Manzikert.


The Byzantines held off the arrow attacks and captured Alp Arslan’s camp by the end of the afternoon. Romanos was injured and taken prisoner by the Seljuks. Henceforth, the Muslims controlled the region.

However the Turks ransomed him back to his wife, and it was not before the young general Alexios Komnenos pursued him that he was captured. University of Michigan P. Alp Muharwbesi was already in the area, however, with allies and 30, cavalry from Aleppo and Mosul.

While Manzikert was a long-term strategic catastrophe for Byzantium, it was by no means the massacre that historians earlier presumed. Alp Arslan was in Syria, near Aleppo, when he heard of the Byzantine advance.

Manuel captured Hierapolis Bambyce in Syrianext thwarted a Turkish attack against Iconium with a counter-attack, [9] but was then defeated and captured by the Seljuks under the Sultan Alp Arslan.

The army consisted of about 5, professional Byzantine troops from the western provinces and probably about the same number from the eastern provinces. Alp Arslan’s scouts knew exactly where Romanos was, while Malazglrt was completely unaware of his opponent’s movements.

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The Byzantines themselves had no illusions about it. When Emperor Romanos IV was conducted into the presence of Alp Arslan, the Sultan refused to believe that the bloodied and tattered man covered in dirt was the mighty Emperor of the Romans. The usurpation of Andronikos Doukas also politically destabilized the empire and it was difficult to organize mharebesi to the Turkish migrations that followed the battle.

Archived from the original on 14 September A History of the Crusades. His intention was to capture and garrison the Armenian fortresses before the Turkish army should come up from the south.

For the armies of the East were dispersed in all directions, because the Turks had over-spread, and gained command of, countries between the Euxine Sea [ Black Sea ] and the Hellespontand the Aegean Sea and Syrian Seas [ Mediterranean Sea ], and the various bays, especially those which wash PamphyliaCiliciaand empty themselves into the Egyptian Sea [Mediterranean Sea].

The cavalry was destroyed and Basilakes taken prisoner.