List of Maps and Tables; ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS; INTRODUCTION; The Final Charge; The Historiography of the Conflict; Purpose and Scope; Part One; The Conflict to
1440 and Its Context;
1. THE CHURCH, THE COUNCIL AND THE CRUSADE; Defining Crusade; Eugene IV, Cardinal Cesarini and the Council of Basel; The Contest to Achieve Union; The Crusade Project at the Council of Florence;
2. THE REIGN OF MURAD II AND RENEWED OTTOMAN EXPANSION; The Reign of Murad II; The Ottoman Porte at the Time of Murad II; The Kul/Slave Institution; The Timar System and the Provincial Government; The Marcher Lords.
The Transition in Ottoman Expansionist PolicyOttoman Relations with Karaman;
3. THREE KINGS OF HUNGARY-SIGISMUND, ALBERT AND WLADISLAS; Familiaritas-The Lord and His Retinue; Sigismund of Luxembourg; The Ottoman-Hungarian Conflict to 1437; The Buffer States; Serbia; Wallachia; Bosnia; The Raid on Kruševac; Albert II, the Bohemian Wars, and the Politicization of the Ottoman Threat; The Ottoman Campaigns of 1438-39; The Election of Wladislas; Part Two; The Campaigns of 1440-1444;
4. STRATEGY, TACTICS AND ORDER OF BATTLE; Ottoman Order of Battle; The Timarli Sipahis or Provincial Landed Cavalry.
Slaves of the PorteEnlisted Troops; Mobilization; Christian Forces; Tactics; Intelligence and Reconnaissance; The Crusader Fleet; Gunpowder; Siege Warfare;
5. THE RISE OF HUNYADI, 1440-1442; The
1440 Siege of Belgrade; The Hungarian Civil War; The Rise of Hunyadi; Hungarian Civil War-Phase Two; The Church and the Crusade-1442; Attempts to End the Hungarian Civil War; The Turkish Wars of 1442; Şehabeddin's Defeat;
6. THE LONG MARCH; The Church and the Crusade-1443; Political Developments in Hungary; The Revolt of Ibrahim Bey; Preparations for the Crusade; The Battles of Nish and Aleksinac.
The Ottoman MobilizationThe Battle at Zlatitsa Pass; The March Home;
7. THE CRUSADE OF 1444; After the Long March; Wladislas' Position in Hungary; Ibrahim Bey's Insurrection; Proponents of Peace; Advocates of War; Fleet Preparations; The Attack on Ibrahim Bey and Murad's Abdication; The Ratification of the Peace Treaty; Operations Begin; The First Weeks of the Campaign; The Crossing of the Straits; The Land Expedition Continues; The Battle of Varna; Phase One; Phase Two; Phase Three; Aftermath; SUMMARY AND CONCLUSION; BIBLIOGRAPHY; Index.
The Holy Wars of King Wladislas and Sultan Murad presents a detailed account of the conflict between Christendom and the Ottoman Empire from 1438-1444, which culminated in the Crusade of Varna.