By David Nicolle, Angus McBride
The start of the Ottoman kingdom is shrouded in legend. regardless of the fact of its origins, the Ottoman's shaped an Empire which nearly succeeded in bringing Christian Europe to its knees. over the last many years of the thirteenth century, the formidable Osman Bey's tiny mountain nation took 8 frontier castles plus the Turkish city of Eskisehir. In 1299 Osman seized Yenisehir after operating up the Kara Su valley. With this as its first actual capital, the Ottoman kingdom emerged into background poised above the fertile seashores of the ocean of Marmara.
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