Battle of Savra

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Battle of Savra
Part of the Ottoman wars in Europe
Date 1385
Location Saurian field, near Lushnjë
Result Decisive Ottoman victory[1]
Ottoman Empire Principality of Zeta
Commanders and leaders
Ottoman EmpireHayreddin Pasha Balsic small COA.jpgBalša II
Herb mrnjavcevici.jpgIvaniš Mrnjavčević

The Battle of Savra (Savra field, near Lushnjë, modern-day southern Albania) was fought on 18 September 1385 between Ottoman and much smaller Serbian forces.[2] In 1385 Balsa Balsich conquered Durazzo,presumably from Karlo Thopia. In a charter to Dubrovnik issued in April 1385, he called himself Duke of Durazzo. He was not to enjoy his prize for long. That summer a Turkish raiding party for the first time penetrated to the Adriatic and Ionian coast. Balsha rounded up one thousand men in Durazzo and, ignoring the advice of his more level headed courtiers,raced out to take on the Turkish raiders. Not surprisingly, his small forces had little success and Balsha was killed. And since the Ottomans were victorious, most of the local Serbian and Albanian lords became vassals.[3]

This battle set foundation for centuries-long Ottoman presence in this part of the Balkans. Serbian historian Stojan Novaković summarized its importance emphasizing that this battle for Serbian-Albanian lords was Battle of Marica and Battle of Kosovo together.[4]


  1. ^ Sedlar, Jean W., East Central Europe in the Middle Ages, 1000-1500, (University of Washington Press, 1994), 385.
  2. ^ Група аутора. Историја српксог народа II, Српска књижевна задруга, p. 40
  3. ^ Sedlar, Jean W. East Central Europe in the Middle Ages, 1000-1500, University of Washington Press, p. 385
  4. ^ Istorija: spisanie na Sojuzot na društvata na istoričarite na SR Makedonija. Sojuz na društvata na istoričarite na SR Makedonija. 1980. p. 183. "Тука беше и Марица и Косово за господата српско-албанска." 

Coordinates: 40°54′N 19°41′E / 40.900°N 19.683°E / 40.900; 19.683