Born in 1326, the third Ottoman Sultan ruled the empire from 1359 until his death in 1389. Founder of the Janissaries, he expanded the empire into into Serbia when he defeated a coalition of Serbian, Bosnian, Montenegrin and Bulgarian forces at the field of the black birds. He would later be assasinated by a captured Serbian warrior, Milosh Obilich.

Murad had made Byzantine Emperor John V his vassal, and later fought Crusaders that had come to John's aid, temporarily losing Gallipoli before it was retaken in 1371.

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