The Muhi Battle – 11 April 1241 Cover Image

A muhi csata (1241. április 11.)
The Muhi Battle – 11 April 1241

Author(s): János B. Szabó
Subject(s): 13th to 14th Centuries
Published by: Korunk Baráti Társaság
Keywords: Mongolian invasion; Hungarian Kingdom; Béla IV of Hungary; Muhi; battle

Summary/Abstract: The great Mongolian imperial invasion reached Hungary in the spring of 1241. Béla IV launched into an attack against the enemy from Pest, moving toward the north-east. Near the Sajó river, the Mongolians launched a night time attack against the Hungarian camp, which was deflected first, but the Mongolians were then able to surround the them, so the king himself could barely escape with his life. This event was one of the worst military defeats in Medieval Hungarian history. However, recent research reveals that the cause of the defeat was not the tactical rigidity of the king and his captains, nor their lack of talent, but the superior military technology, discipline, experience and command system of the Mongolians.

  • Issue Year: 2019
  • Issue No: 03
  • Page Range: 15-25
  • Page Count: 11
  • Language: Hungarian