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

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    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

Who was Turgut Alp?

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     The most loyal & courageous soldier of Sulayman Shah, greatest warrior of Ertugrul Ghazi, fiercest commander of Osman Ghazi, skillful advisor of Orhan Ghazi, and conqueror of Inegol: Turgut Alp. He was known for his dazzling use of his battleaxe, which was then known to have been the most powerful axe on Earth. His incredibly long life was said to have been spent in conquering far away lands & continuously entering the battlefield. Legend has it, that at the age of 125, he was martyred fighting on the forefront of the battle, with his legendary axe in his hand. His name had become famous to the extent that he was not only mentioned in history sources, but also mythical folktales, which were spread all throughout the planet. Anyhow, what is known about the epics of the legendary combatant, Turgut Alp? Turgut Alp     Born to a Turkish Oguz Tribe in the year 1200 CE, Turgut Alp was destined to become a mighty warrior. Quickly, Turgut Alp would become Ertugrul Ghazi's mo