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To: wideawake
Thank you - one of my favorite poems. If you ever visit the Escorial palace you'll find a series of paintings depicting the Battle of Lepanto. The artist was there, on the northern headland of the Gulf, and sketched the battle as it happened. Awesome.

Don Juan himself is buried in the crypt, in an enormous sarcophagus with the inscrption Fuit homo missus a Deo cui nomen erat Iohannes. [John i:6] (I love the Latin Vulgate, whyever did the Church stop using it??)

I suggest that on 12 October we all pause for a few minutes, and remember the enormous debt we owe to Spain.

4 posted on 10/08/2001 9:27:35 PM PDT by John Locke
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To: John Locke
As Chesterton's poem indicates, Don John was a bastard prince of the royal family. The King himself couldn't be bothered to defend Catholic Europe, nor could the King of France nor the Queen of England. So the Spaniards--who also held title to the Holy Roman Empire at that time--sent their bastard son to represent them. Providentially, he rose magnificently to the occasion.

I too have visited his tomb in the Alcazar. Although it is splendid, it is also rather simple compared to the other royal tombs. And it is set apart, because as a bastard the hero of Lepanto did not qualify to be buried alongside the rest of his family.

Those are some of the reasons why Chesterton calls him the Last Knight of Europe and has some pretty withering things to say about the monarchs who should have been protecting Christendom against its mortal enemy.

5 posted on 10/09/2001 1:14:28 PM PDT by Cicero
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To: John Locke
Today, 10-7-02, is the anniversary of Lepanto...

"One day, through the Rosary and Scapular, I will save the world"

- words of Blessed Virgin Mary to St. Dominic.

Other Links...

- Our Lady of The Rosary - the Battle of Lepanto

- The Power of The Rosary - A Weapon Against Terrorism

9 posted on 10/07/2002 6:42:55 AM PDT by harbingr
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