Battle of Samobor and Medieval Fair

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The re-enactment of the Battle of Samobor, which will be held on Sunday, March 5, 2017 at Vugrinščak will be even more attractive this year, and the medieval fair will be even more eventful, it was announced at a press conference held on March 2. Miroslav Milonjić, Samobor Museum director, proudly pointed out that this initially modest manifestation has in recent years developed into one of the most important tourist and cultural events in Samobor.

The Battle of Samobor took place in the 15th ct, when Kingdom of Croatia was in a personal union with Kingdom of Hungary. King Albert II of Germany died in 1439 and fights for the throne broke out throughout Croatia and Hungary. The powerful Ulrich II of Celje’s, whose forces were led by Jan Vitovec, sided with the widowed Queen Elizabeth, and their opposing side, the army of the Polish king Vladislaus III of Varna, was led by Stjepan Banić.

The two armies fought near Samobor on Ash Wednesday, March 1, 1441, and the fierce battle ended in Vitovec’s victory. Banić was taken prisoner, earning Vitovec considerable booty.

The recreation manifestation begins at 10 a.m. with the opening of the medieval fair where various artists will present their products: hatters, basket weavers, bakers, herbalists, beekepers, blacksmiths with wooden swords and shields, medieval gems, leather parts of medieval armours, and various other medieval artefacts.

In addition to the medieval fair and camps, the battle will be re-enacted by knights, spearmen, fighters with flintlocks, muskets, and gunners from knight societies knight from Zagreb, Zelina, Koprivnica, Varaždin, Orahovac and Sveta Nedelja, and they will be joined by guests from Slovenia and Hungary – a total of about 450 participants.

Samobor Museum will be open for visitors from 10 a.m. to 6 pm. on Sunday, March 5.

Source: ZG magazin

See the event here.


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