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Battle of Velbuzhd (1330)

The Battle of Velbuzhd or Kyustendil was fought between the Serbian forces led by King Stefan Decanski and the Bulgarians under the command of Michael Shishman near Velbazhd (present-day Kyustendil) in 1330. The Bulgarians were decisively defeated, while Tsar Michael Shishman was killed in the battle. Despite the great victory against the Bulgarians which resulted in the extension of Serbian rule to Macedonia, Stefan Decanski was deposed and imprisoned one year after the Battle of Velbuzhd. He was succeeded by his son Dusan Silni (the Mighty) who became one of the greatest Serbian rulers.

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