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Murad I

Murad I
Ottoman Sultan
Reign 1359– 15 June, 1389 (30 years)
Predecessor Orhan
Successor Bayezid I
Sultan of the Ottoman Empire
Consort Gülçiçek Hatun
Maria Thamara Hatun
Paşa Melek Hatun
Fülane Hatun
Fülane Hatun
Fülane Hatun
Royal house House of Osman
Father Orhan
Mother Nilüfer Hatun
Born 29 June 1326
Sogut or Bursa, now Turkey
Died 15 June 1389
Kosovo Field, now Gazimestan, Moravian Serbia, Kosovo
Burial Tomb of Sultan Murat, Kosovo
Religion Islam

Murad I (Ottoman Turkish: مراد اول) (Turkish: I. Murat Hüdavendigâr) (nicknamed Hüdavendigâr – from Persian : خداوندگار Khodāvandgār – meaning "sovereign" in this context), (June 29, 1326, Sogut or Bursa – June 15, 1389, Battle of Kosovo Polje) was the Sultan of the Ottoman Empire, from 1362 to 1389. He was the son of Orhan and the Valide Sultan Nilüfer Hatun and became the ruler following his father's death in 1362.


Map of the conquests of Murad I

Murad fought against the powerful emirate of Karaman in Anatolia and against the Serbs, Albanians, Bulgarians and Hungarians in Europe. In particular, a Serb expedition to expel the Turks from Adrianople led by the Serbian brothers King Vukašin and Despot Uglješa, was defeated on September 26, 1371, by Murad's Murat capable second lieutenant Lala Şâhin Paşa, the first governor (beylerbey) of Rumeli. In 1385, Sofia fell to the Ottomans. In 1386 Prince Lazar Hrebeljanović defeated an Ottoman force at the Battle of Pločnik. The Ottoman army suffered heavy casualties, and was unable to capture Niš on the way back.

Battle of Kosovo

Tomb of Sultan Murat on Kosovo field
Tomb of Sultan Murat

In 1389, Murad's army defeated the Serbian Army and its allies under the leadership of Lazar at the Battle of Kosovo. There are different accounts from different sources about when and how Murad I was assassinated. The contemporary sources mainly noted that the battle took place and that both Prince Lazar and the Sultan lost their lives in the battle. The existing evidence of the additional stories and speculations as to how Murad I died were disseminated and recorded in the 15th century and later, decades after the actual event. One Western source states that during first hours of the battle, Murad I was assassinated by Serbian nobleman and knight Miloš Obilić by knife.[1][2] Most Ottoman chroniclers (including Dimitrie Cantemir) [3] state that he was assassinated after the finish of the battle while going around the battlefield. Others state that he was assassinated in the evening after the battle at his tent by the assassin who was admitted to ask a special favour. His older son Bayezid, who was in charge of the left wing of the Ottoman forces, took charge after that. His other son, Yakub Bey, who was in charge of the other wing, was called to the Sultan's command center tent by Bayezid, but when Yakub Bey arrived he was strangled, leaving Bayezid as the sole claimant to the throne.

In the earliest preserved Christian record, a letter of Florentine senate to the King Tvrtko I of Bosnia, dated 20 October 1389, Murad I's killing was described. A warrior, allegedly Miloš Obilić, had managed to get through the Ottoman army and kill Murad I.

Sultan Murad's internal organs were buried in Kosovo field and remains to this day on a corner of the battlefield in a location called Meshed-i Hudavendigar which has gained a religious significance by the Muslims (which had been renamed Obilić by the Serbs). It has recently been renovated. His other remains were carried to Bursa, his Anatolian capital city, and were buried in a tomb at the complex built in his name.

Establishment of Empire

He established the Empire by building up a society and government in the newly conquered city of Adrianople (Divan, the system of timars and timar-holders (timariots) and the military judge, the kazasker. He also established the two provinces of Anadolu (Anatolia) and Rumeli (Europe).

Marriages and progeny

He was the son of Orhan and the Valide Sultan Nilüfer Hatun, daughter of the Prince of Yarhisar or Byzantine princess Theodora Kantakouzene (also named Nilüfer), who was of ethnic Greek descent[4][5][6]

Marriages of Murad I:

  • In 1359 Valide Hatun Gülçiçek Hatun – daughter of a Byzantine Emperor
  • In 1365 Paşa Melek Hatun – daughter of Kızıl Murad Bey
  • In 1366 Fülane Hatun – daughter of Seyyid Sultan Ahı
  • In 1370 Maria Thamara Hatun – daughter of Bulgarian Czar Ivan Alexander
  • In 1372 Fülane Hatun – daughter of Süleyman Şah II of Isfendiyarids
  • In 1383 Fülane Hatun – daughter of Constantine Dragaš

Progeny of Murad I:

  • Yakub Çelebi (? – d. 1389) – son. In the first recorded fratricide in the history of the Ottoman dynasty, Bayezid I had Yakub killed during or following the Battle of Kosovo at which their father had been killed.
  • Sultan Bayezid I (1354–1402) – son of Gulcicek Hatun
  • Savcı Bey – son. He and his ally, Byzantine emperor John V Palaeologus' son Andronicus,[7] rebelled against their fathers. Murad had Savcı killed. Andronicus, who had surrendered to his father, was imprisoned and blinded at Murad's insistence.[8]
  • Ibrahim Bey – son
  • Yahşi Bey – son of Gülçiçek Hatun
  • Halil Bey – son
  • Nefise Hatun – daughter
  • Sultan Hatun – daughter

Sultan Murad in literature

Further reading

  • Harris, Jonathan, The End of Byzantium. New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2010. ISBN 978-0-300-11786-8
  • Imber, Colin, The Ottoman Empire. London: Palgrave/Macmillan, 2002. ISBN 0-333-61387-2


  1. ^ Helmolt, Ferdinand. The World's History, p.293. W. Heinemann, 1907.
  2. ^ Fine, John. The Late Medieval Balkans, p. 410. University of Michigan Press, 1994. ISBN 0-472-08260-4.
  3. ^ Cantemir, Dimitrie, History of the Growth and Decay of the Osman Ottoman Empire, London 1734.
  4. ^ The Fall of Constantinople, Steven Runciman, Cambridge University Press, p. 36
  5. ^ The Nature of the Early Ottoman State, Heath W. Lowry, 2003 SUNY Press, p. 153
  6. ^ History of the Ottoman Empire and Modern Turkey, Stanford Jay Shaw, Cambridge University Press, p. 24
  7. ^ Gibbon, Edward, Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Modern Library, v. iii, p. 651
  8. ^ Finkel, C., Osman's Dream: The History of the Ottoman Empire, 2005, p. 19, Basic Books

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Murad I
Born: 1326 Died: 1389
Regnal titles
Preceded by
Sultan of the Ottoman Empire
1359– 15 June, 1389
Succeeded by
Bayezid I
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