The Spectacular Battle of Samobor: 1441 – 2017

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All photos by Mladen Ban Photography

A superb reenactment of the 1441 Battle of Samobor took place on March 5, 2017, as was the lens of Mladen Ban Photography. It was quite a show. 

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.

Fast forward to 2017, and the battlefield looked very similar, with a superb reenactment of the battle, the highlight of the excellent annual Medieval Fair. Pictures are often much better than words, and so we hand you over to the fabulous photography of Mladen Ban who captured the event superbly. 








































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