Battle of Manzikert

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Battle fought at a site near Lake Van in Turkey. Seljuk Turks, recent converts to Islam, routed a Byzantine force, capturing its leader, Emperor Romanos Diogenes IV. Alp Arslan, the Seljuk leader released him, but the defeat left Anatolia open to Turkish invaders and the weakening of Byzantine control that was indirectly to provoke the First Crusade.

Subjects: World History.

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