5 Legendary Slavic Warriors Through History

Some of them literally changed the history of the world…

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When you think about fabulous warriors, you perhaps keep in mind fighters from Greece or Roman Empire. However, the history of the Slavic countries is full of incredibly brave and fascinating men whose bravery influenced their times. Some of them literally changed the history of the world.

Jan Žižka

He was a Czech general, a follower of Han Huss, Hussie military leader. Many details about his life remain unknown but he was born in the small village of Trocnov in the Kingdom of Bohemia. He was an aristocrat and until now stays widely considered as a Czech national hero. He fought in the Battle of Grunwald against the Teutonic Order in 1410, played a prominent role in the civil wars in Bohemia and defeated the army of the Holy Roman Empire and Hungary in the Battle of Kutna Hora in 1421. He was remembered as one of the greatest military leaders of all time.

Bogatyr Dobrynya Nikitich

Dobrynya Nikitich (Russian: Добры́ня Ники́тич, Ukrainian: Добриня) is one of the most popular bogatyrs (epic knights) from the Rus’ folklore. Albeit fictional, this character is based on a real warlord Dobrynya, who led the armies of Svyatoslav the Great and tutored his son Vladimir the Great.According to some researchers, he is only a legendary figure. According to the East Slavic legends, he was a knight, a character of epic poems called Bylinas, which mainly come from Ruś. According to the story he lived during the reign of Vladimir the Great, who created around him a group of knights similar to the Knights of the Round Table. Bogatyr was described as a warrior of supernatural strength, a man whose personality was full of bravery and courage. He defended his land from the foreign enemies, especially Turks. Bogatyr was a patriot who loved his land and nation. Until now he remained in folklore as a synonym of a hero, an athlete. D

Luka Ibrišimović, O.F.M.

Luka was a friar whose bravery made him one of the most famous legendary warriors in Slavonia. He was born in Požega or Sibinj around 1620, so he was about 1689h was about 69 years old when his army defeated the Turks at Sokolovac hill near Požega. In this way, a monk whose mayor rules in life was related to the philosophy of St Francis of Assisi begun the fight for the liberation of Slavonia. He was a builder of churches, a leader of people who fought against Ottomans. He died in Požega, which still celebrates his victory on 12 March.

Zawisza Czarny

He was a Polish knight of Sulima coat of arms. His fame as a brave warrior was so huge that he became an important figure in many patriot songs. Moreover, he became an important symbol of courage used in numerous legends. Zawisza Czarny was born around 1379 and served as a commander and diplomat under Polish king Władysław II Jagiełło and Hungarian-Bohemian king Sigismund of Luxembourg. He was a model of knightly virtues and he won many tournaments. Moreover, he supported the king during the several battles. The nickname „Czarny” means „the Black” and was created due to his black hair and black armor, which is kept at the Jasna Góra Monastery in Poland.

Miloš Obilić

It is unknown when he was born, but he died on June 15, 1389 in a glory of a hero from the Battle of Kosovo. He is believed to be the man who assassinated the Ottoman sultan Murad I. Although officially the historians had never confirmed him as a person who killed the Sultan, according to the tradition Obilić was the one who killed the invader. Moreover, it is not even certain whether he really existed., he came t be venerated as a saint in the Serbian Church. Moreover, the story comes from Lazar’s family, who wanted to strengthen their political control in the region. Obilić is one of the major figures in Serbian epic poetry and art.

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