Day: February 11, 2020

Battle of Pliska

Drinking from the Skulls of Your Enemies: The Battle of Pliska

On 26 July 811, a massive Byzantine army was destroyed on the plains between the Danube and the Haemus Mountains. During the Battle of Pliska, the emperor Nicephorus I himself was killed—the first since Valens to die in battle in 378—and his head was turned into a silver-lined drinking gourd by the victorious Bulgarian khan. […]

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