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Who was Köse Mihal? | The Real History of Mikhael Kosses | The First Byzantine to join the Ottomans

    During the early era of the Ottoman Empire, there were many Byzantine lords and commanders that joined the ranks of the Ottomans, even converting to Islam. The first (significant one) among them being  Köse Mihal, also known as Mikhael Kosses. In this video we will go over his life, achievements, exploits, and the legacy he left behind.           Mikhael Kosses, an ethnic Greek, is believed to have been from the famous Palaiologos Dynasty, which ruled the Byzantine Empire from the years 1259 until its downfall in 1453CE, the longest a dynasty ever ruled the empire. Köse Mihal was the Byzantine governor of the Harmankaya Castle. The Harmankaya Castle was in the Uludag mountains in the foothills of Bilecik, Turkey. After taking part in a battle against Osman Ghazi, alongside the Byzantine governor of Eskisehir, he was captured and taken prisoner. However, he was forgiven by Osman for his valor and heroism.       In the following years, a trap would be set up for Osman by the neighbor

Baycu Noyan and the Fall of the Seljuqs

     Seljuqs: the great, powerful dynasty of Qiniq-Oguz Turkic descent, that emerged during 10th century, led by Sultan Tughril Beg.  After the victory of the Battle of Malazgirt his nephew, Alp Arslan would extend this empire, which was based in Central Asia, to Anatolia. However, after two centuries of rulership, their power would slowly diminish. The huge Mongol Empire, which was rapidly gaining power, would send the Seljuqs a nightmare: Baycu Noyan. The man who spread terror through all of Persia, Syria, Egypt, Bukhara, Iraq, and Anatolia. In this article, we will explain in detail; the attacks of Baycu Noyan, the end of the Seljuqs, and the struggle of the Ghazis.      Mongol Commander Baycu Noyan    Baycu Noyan belonged to the Besut tribe of the Mongols; which in turn, meant he had grown up in an environment that was surrounded by warrior-like nomads. Baycu was a relative of Jebe, who was one of Genghis Khan's most prominent commanders. Furthermore, his father was the command