Notes on the Capture of William Buchier by the Mongols in Hungary

Uzelac, Aleksandar (2020) Notes on the Capture of William Buchier by the Mongols in Hungary. Medieval History of Central Eurasia, 1. pp. 27-34. ISSN 2707-4870

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In 1254, during his stay in Karakorum, Franciscan traveler William of Rubruck met Parisian born mastersmith William Buchier. Rubruck recorded that Buchier was captured in Hungary, during the Mongol invasion, by a half-brother of the Great khan Möngke (1251–1259), in a city called ‘Belegrave’. So far, the identification of the Mongol commander who had captured William Buchier largely remained out of the interest of the researchers. The city where he had been taken captive was frequently, and erroneously, identified as Belgrade, capital of modern Serbia. This article is dedicated to the subject who was the half-brother of Möngke that captured William Buchier, and where and when it happened. On the basis of the Rubruck’s report and other western and oriental sources related to the Mongol military campaign in central Europe, it is concluded that Buchier was captured by prince Böchek in Alba Iulia (Gyulafehérvár, Bălgrad), modern Romania, in the early spring of 1241

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: William Buchier, William of Rubruck, Böchek, Mongol invasion of Hungary, 1241, Belgrade, Alba Iulia, Székesfehérvár, Mongol captives
Subjects: D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D111 Medieval History
D History General and Old World > DK Russia. Soviet Union. Former Soviet Republics
D History General and Old World > DR Balkan Peninsula
Depositing User: Istorijski Institut
Date Deposited: 07 Nov 2022 12:52
Last Modified: 18 Dec 2023 13:30

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