In 1389, Prince Lazar, Serbia’s King Leonidas, stopped the Ottomans from advancing into Europe. Outnumbered more than three to one, he died at the battle of Kosovo which left both armies virtually destroyed. When, after finally conquering Serbia in 1459, the Ottomans marched on Vienna, Europe was ready and they were repelled. Had the Serbs not stopped them in Kosovo in 1389, the outcome would likely have been much less favourable.
Kaona Monastery is located 30 km from Šabac, in the vicinity of the village of Vladimirci, Serbia. It was built in 14th century as the endowment of Ikonia, the sister of Miloš Obilić, famous Serbian hero who lost his life in the Battle of Kosovo in 1389. | Манастир Каона се налази на 30 км од Шапца, у близини села Владимирци. Изграђен је у 14. веку, као задужбина Иконије, сестре Милоша Обилића. | Photo: _lenix_
17th - 20th of October 1448: John Hunyadi saw the right moment to lead a campaign against the Ottoman Empire. After the defeat at the Battle of Varna (1444), he raised another army to attack the Ottomans. His strategy was based on an expected revolt of the Balkan people, a surprise attack, and the destruction of the main force of the Ottomans in a single battle. Mathias would have been 5 years old, his brother Ladislaus 17 possibly accompanied his father