“God be Praised [...], the Turks Surrendered the Fortress”. The Conquest of Ottoman Lipova by the Transylvanians, on 25th of August 1595 Cover Image
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„Domnul fie lăudat [...], turcii au predat cetatea”. Cucerirea Lipovei otomane de către transilvăneni, în 25 august 1595
“God be Praised [...], the Turks Surrendered the Fortress”. The Conquest of Ottoman Lipova by the Transylvanians, on 25th of August 1595

Author(s): Liviu Cîmpeanu
Subject(s): History, Military history, 16th Century, The Ottoman Empire, Source Material
Published by: Editura Academiei Române
Keywords: Transylvanian-Ottoman war; The Long Turkish War; siege; fortress; fortified town; Transylvanian-Saxons; militia; Bistrița; Lipova;

Summary/Abstract: The quotation in the title comes from the post scriptum of a letter, sent by the two commanders of the militia from the Transylvanian-Saxon town of Bistritz / Besztrece / Bistrița, to the council of their hometown, in the same day that the Transylvanian army conquered the Ottoman fortress of Lippa / Lipova. The unpublished document, kept in the Romanian State Archive of Cluj, in the collection of medieval documents of the Bistrița Townhall, reveals unknown data about the military operations of the Transylvanian army under the walls of Lipova (20-25 august 1595), as well as an interesting description of the fortified town and of the fortress of Lipova. The aim of our study is to reveal this military operations in the context of the Transylvanian-Ottoman war in the summer of 1595, and the role of the Transylvanian-Saxons in the military organization of the Transylvanian Principality. For the first time, we offer in the Appendix a whole transcription of the document, along with its Romanian translation.

  • Issue Year: XXVI/2018
  • Issue No: 26
  • Page Range: 97-111
  • Page Count: 15
  • Language: Romanian