Second Bulgarian Empire - Peasant Revolt 1277-1280+ A.D.

This represents the peasant uprising originally centered near Dobrudja led by Ivaylo B'rdokva. The rebels drove the Tatars back over the Danube in 1277. In either 1277 or 1278, Ivaylo defeated the Bulgarian Tsar Konstantin and personally killed Konstantin in hand to hand combat.

The Byzantine Emperor intervened and declared Ivan Asen III as tsar and provided him with a Byzantine army. Amazingly enough, the Bulgarian boyars united behind Ivaylo who immediately married the widow of Konstantin and was declared tsar by the Bulgars. The Byzantines persuaded those Tatars controlled by Nogai, a son-in-law of the Byzantine Emperor, to invade Bulgaria in support of Ivan Asen III. Ivaylo withdrew to a fortress in the north. The Byzantines attempted to reconcile Ivan Asen III with the boyars by appointing George Terter as despot. This so alienated the Tatar general Cavusbasi that he took the Tatar force and joined it to Ivaylo's army as an ally. Ivaylo and the Tatars crushed a Byzantine army at Devina and another in the Zygros Mountains. Being unable to take the capitol Tarnovo, Ivaylo went to Nogai's court with Cavusbasi to seek Nogai's help. While there, both were executed by Nogai at the request of the Byzantine Emperor.

Era: Age of Chivalry   Second Bulgarian Empire - Peasant Revolt 1277-1280+ A.D. CR: H:4 L:4   BP: 2 Init: 5
Number Type   Description Key FV PROT Weapon Cost
6 WB* Peasants Key 5(1)3 +1 Various 6
2 LI or LHI Vlachoi**   4(1)2 +1 Javelins 7
3 SI Vlachoi or shepherds   3(1)2 +2 Slings 2
1 HC Local Petty Boyars Key 4(0)0 +1 Various/bows 12
8 WB* Peasants Key 5(1)3 +1 Various 6
3 LI or LHI Vlachoi**   4(1)2 +1 Javelins 7
1 LC Slav or Vlachoi Key 2(0)0 +1 Javelins 7
2 SI Vlachoi or shepherds   3(1)2 +2 Slings 2
    Boyar Allies***          
2 HC Boyars Key 4(0)0 +1 Various/bows 12
4 LC Bulgars Key 2(0)0 +1 Various/bows 8
    Tatar Allies***          
2 HC Nobles Key 4(0)0 +1 Various/bows 12
3 LC Tatars**** Key 2(0)0 +1 Various/bows 8
6 LC Subjects**** Key 1(0)0 +1 Bows 6


Core: 1 SH

Bonus: (Max: 4 ) 3 GR, 3 SH, 2 RG, 2 W


Core: 94 Bonus: 232

*WB are BP 3, move 9. Core WB may be deployed in either Flank Deployment Zone as well as in the Central Deployment Zone.

** Vlachoi may either be LI or LHI. A player must choose one option or the other.

***One may purchase Boyar Allies or Tatar Allies but not both. Light units under the allied options only count against the requirement that you purchase all light troops in order to get a free light division as provided for under Control Ratings on page 34 of the Rules if you purchase any troops from the relevant allied package.

****Tatar LC must outnumber Tatar HC by at least 1.5 to 1.

SI, LI, and LHI may not provide support to mounted troops.

{I am having trouble with the equipment of Bulgarian boyar cavalry. Some are depicted in the Manasses Bible as sitting deep in the saddle with long stirrups and lances with European looking gear. The majority of depictions in most sources show Byzantine looking gear. More than a few are shown with a bow. I am wondering if some were converting to European tactical syles like the Serbians were doing.}

List Author: Subodai