The Crusade of 1396
was an attempted crusade launched by Pope Boniface IX
in 1389 AD in an attempt to stop Ottoman hegemony over the Balkans following the Battle of Kosovo Polje
. Over 90,000 heeded the call: contingents came from Switzerland
, and Poland
; the Knights Hospitaller
and the Teutonic Knights
also participated. Yet all of these groups had their own leaders, and their divisions proved fatal to the cause. The Ottomans won a resounding victory at Nicopolis
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