To: Hermann the Cherusker
Great post. Lepanto is a truly great moment in Christian history which should be better known and celebrated today.
I should point out that the myth of Turkish invincibility was actually broken six years prior to Lepanto at the great siege of Malta of 1565. It was there that the Knights of St. John and a small army of a few thousand Christians held out against a Turkish invasion some 40,000 strong. Had this invasion succeeded, it could have had grave consequences as Malta was seen as an advance base from which to launch a full-scale invasion of Italy.
posted on 10/07/2003 10:19:35 AM PDT
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To: Antoninus; Hermann the Cherusker
Of course it goes without saying that if it was not for the sack of Constantinople by the Pope's crusade this battle would not have been necessary.
posted on 10/07/2003 10:34:39 AM PDT
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posted on 10/07/2003 12:31:08 PM PDT
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