Tuesday, 17 May 2016

A timeline of Bordurian history - Part 3: From the Ottoman conquest to the coronation of Constantine II

1374: The last Voivode of Szohôd, Constantine of Peshod, is murdered by Orhan Pasha and Borduria falls under Ottoman control.

1375: Ottoman troops arrest the five leading Bordurian nobles and execute them. The country is incorporated into the Ottoman empire as the Vilayet of Borduri.

1423: The Hospodar of Borduri, Mehmet Pasha, divides the vilayet into three. He appoints local boyars as rulers, under his authority. These boyars are Alexios Strabomytes of Peshod, Michael Katokas of Kardouk and Wladimyr Pavlovic of Bytzy.

1424: An uprising in the west of Borduri is crushed and its leader, Pavel Simeonov flees to the court of Sigismond of Luxembourg, King of Hungary. His ally John Cantacuzene finds sanctuary at the court of Dan II, Voivode of Wallachia.

1444: Bordurian troops fight on both sides in the revolt of Skanderbeg.

1453: Many Bordurian troops participate in the Siege of Constantinople as part of the Ottoman army. The last known descendant of Manuel I Doukas of Szohôd is killed fighting on the Greek side.

1502: Osman Pasha, Hospodar of Borduri orders the construction of new walls around the city of Szohôd and fortifies the town of Taprume on the border with the Syldavia's Zympathian region.

1537: The last member of the Katokas family of Kardouk, Irene, marries Theodore Cantacuzene. Boyar of Szmak. Theodore becomes Boyar of Kardouk.

1551: A Polish army besieges the northern city of Kotgrad but is beaten back by a relieving army led by Istvan Pavlovic, Boyar of Bytzy.

1597: Constantine Vatatzes becomes the first Phanariot Greek Hospodar of Borduri.

1697: Following the Battle of Zenta in 1697 when the Ottoman garrisons fled, the last Phanariot Hospodar, Demetrios Mavrocordatos is deposed by a group of leading Bordurian nobles.

1697-1705: The leading families vie for power and occasional fighting breaks out. Finally, in 1705, tired of war, the Duma (the assembly of nobles, landowners, guild leaders and town councillors) of Borduri elects one of its leading members, Constantine Cantacuzene, Boyar of Kardouk as the first Voivode of Szohôd since 1374.

1706: Constantine defeats an uprising by southern boyars and assumes the title of “Autokrator of the Bordurian Realms, Kyrios of the House of Cantacuzene, Voivode of Szohôd and Boyar of Kardouk”. He later assumes the further titles of King of Syldavia, Regent of Jerusalem and Protector of the Faithful.

1708: Constantine abolishes the Duma, replacing it with a much more malleable assembly of lords called the Samovar.

1712: Constantine's forces repel an Ottoman invasion of southern Borduria. Constantine's first wife, Irene of Plitzowa dies in childbirth, Their daughter, Eudoxia survives.

1713: Constantine and Tsar Peter of Russia sign the Treaty of Samosza. Russian trade with Borduria commences.

1714: Constantine's second wife, Catherine of Nahnbrotz, gives birth to a son, also named Constantine.

1719: Constantine visits the court of Frederick William I of Prussia. He is so impressed with the Prussian army that he begins a modernisation programme for the Bordurian army.

1722: The Four Weeks' War between Syldavia and Borduria is fought along the valley of the Snezna River in eastern Syldavia. After the inconclusive Battle of Bellicosow, the Bordurians withdraw.

1733: Princess Eudoxia marries Prince Franz Joseph von Elphberg, heir to the throne of Ruritania.

1742: The Crown Prince Constantine marries a minor Hohenzollen margravine, Anne-Sophie von Schtupp.

1747: Constantine dies and is succeeded as Autocrat by his son, Constantine II.

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