Second Tarnovo Uprising

Second Tarnovo Uprising
LocationRegion of Bulgaria, Ottoman Empire
Result Decisive Ottoman victory
Bulgarian Rebels  Ottoman Empire
Commanders and leaders
Rostislav Stratimirovic Unknown
about 4,000 Unknown
Casualties and losses
Unknown Unknown

The Second Tarnovo Uprising (Bulgarian: Второ търновско въстание, Vtoro tarnovsko vastanie) was a Bulgarian uprising against Ottoman rule based in the former Bulgarian capital, Tarnovo, that broke out in 1686 and was severely crushed by the Ottoman authorities.

In 1686 Russia, Saxony, Brandenburg and Bavaria joined the Holy League against the Ottoman Turkish Empire. Rostislav Stratimirovic — a descendant of the medieval Shishman dynasty decided to exploit the international situation, established relations with the Russian Patriarch Joachim and visited Moscow in preparation for the uprising. In his absence the uprising burst prematurely and was doomed. He quickly returned to Tarnovo where he was proclaimed Prince of Bulgaria after the city was briefly liberated, with about 4,000 people gathering.

However, the Ottoman authorities reacted immediately and quickly recaptured the city using regular army, brutally suppressing the uprising. Rostislav Stratimirovic fled the Ottoman territory and settled in Russia where he married the niece of the patriarch – Maria Dubrovska.

The only source about the uprising is the family chronicles of Rostislavov-Dubrovski clan, now missing. Its legendary character makes many historians doubt its authenticity and consider it "a beautiful legend" which served the political interests in 19th century Russia. However, the Ottoman archives do indeed speak of insurgent activities in Tarnovo region during this period, centred on Arbanasi village.

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