In the Monday, April 28, 1091, the two armies came face to face near the mouth of the Maritza River. The held the next day battle Pechenegs - whose wife and children in accordance with the barbarous custom was followed by the war behind them - were almost completely broken. The few survivors were taken prisoner, and then joined the ranks of the Byzantine army; the vast majority of the Pecheneg died in the terrible massacre. Neither the imperial army or Polovtsy it does not make a great honor, but in this battle the Byzantines won the most significant victory with a time of Basil II. It not only saved the empire from the Pechenegs at the next thirty years, but also presented a serious lesson to other tribes. But more importantly, this war has strengthened the position of the Basileus. Now he finally proved that he is able to return at least part of the empire of its former greatness. . Alex, who a few days after the victory proudly rode on horseback through the streets of Constantinople to the Cathedral of St. Sophia, was now able to look forward with confidence - which had never happened in the ten years of his reign.
The Otterbury Incident
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