Skip to comments.History's bloodiest siege used human heads as cannonballs (Siege of Malta in 1565 against Muslims)
Posted on 07/07/2007 1:10:40 PM PDT by wagglebee
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Thanks for the post. The story reminds me of the movie the 300.
I missed 300 when it was in the theater, I will definitely get the DVD.
Get the book. You will enjoy it. I just finished it last week.
Age of Empires III starts with this very campaign.
Gibson was the first name I thought of too when I was reading this! He’s got the guts and the money to do it. We need the author to start on a script right away!
It seems that the act of taking up housing in a military manner, and fortifying an outpost, and launching raids against an enemy shipping route is a bit more than a *little* different from piracy.
For one- this was not for profit, but the cheapest means of sustaining a campaign. (Hell, SunTzu even wrote it- the bert way to fund a war is with the enemies goods).
So no, these were nothing like the Barbary Pirates.
Thank God for the Sicilians!
Fascinating, mjp. Thank you.
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Same struggle, different day.
Their valor and ingenuity are still an inspiration today.
Arguably both the Ming Emperor and the King of Spain were contenders for this title.
Ottoman military power was based on essentially pre-modern organization of men and animals. It was largely funded by loot.
Modern military power, based on chemically-powered weapons and fiscally sound governments, was just developing. Although it was not obvious to many at the time, on either side, the Turks could just not compete on this level.
You probably know this, but the falcon in question was the one sent by the Knights to the Emperor in thanks for his donation of Malta to them after they were evicted from Rhodes.
Oh nooo, I thought that man looked familiar! Hahahaha, yeah ol’ Harry was cool :)
Are you referring to st sophia? I think that mosque was turned into a museum not too long ago.
I’m looking for a house/apartment near the harbor in Valletta, Malta.
The other fun thing is that when I think of Greenstreet, Lorre and Bogart, my mind eventually swings around to "Casablanca" as well. Another great film.
The battle of Lepanto took place on 7 October 1571.
The Christians were not greatly outnumbered, having roughly 42,000 men to roughly 47,000 for the Turks. Also the Christians had about 220 ships to about 270 to 300 for the Turks, but the Christian ships were on average larger and more powerful.
The battle was fought to a large extent between Christians armed with arquebuses and Turks armed with compound bows.
Unfortunately, the battle did not did not bring an end Turkish naval power, as they rebuilt their fleet within six months and conquered North Africa and Cyprus after Lepanto, and within a few years were again routinely raiding Sicily and southern Italy.
However, it was a portent of the future and Turkish fleets generally tried to avoid full-tilt combat after Lepanto.
Interestingly, Cervantes fought at Lepanto, was wounded three times, and had his right hand permanently crippled.
Thanks for the link. That is impressive reading, as well.
Middle Easterners teach this history to their children who are raised with the deesire to avenge these losses. Unfortunately, our children know nothing about this.
Yes, it is a National Museum now. Pope Benedict XVI and the Eastern Patriarchs visited there on his visit to Turkey last year. It is beautiful. It was the result of some very touchy negotiations to host the Pope’s visit.
I’m redfaced now.
I posted that from memory. I just looked it up. In 1569 the venetian arsenal exploded. The battle was paid for mostly by spain who got the money from it’s colonies in the americas. Apparently king phillip II had as much to do with it as don juan did.
Ok, how about this then...the battle of Lepanto was the worst defeat ever suffered by the turks at sea. After this battle, the turks’ naval strategy was to avoid direct head to head battle with christian navies unless they had an overwhelming advantage over the christians. And, it was all down hill from there for the turks. Although it took a few centuries for the end to come to pass.
Sad that we have to wait for infamy to prod us into action, but that seems to be our temperment.
I agree, it is very sad. About half of this country has never learned several key life lesson's: 1) If you don't learn from history, you are doomed to repeat it, 2) As JFK said, "Ask not what this country can do for you, what can you do for this country?"
It really is shocking. As long as the gov teat is turned on, why worry about anything else. I got mine. Now I can worry about an IPod and watching Opra. The "you owe me" generation, after generation, after generation has done considerable damage to this country.
The Democratic party has been the enabler of most of this. But you could always count on the Republican party to counter / thwart most of the idiocy. No longer. And that is scary.
When the next Pearl Harbor does occur, this crowd will be the first ones to scream bloody murder. And you did, what...?
Fortunately, the other half of the country is paying attention.
No need for a new script - the Victorian author G. A. Henty wrote a book about the siege of Malta entitled, “A Knight of the White Cross”. You can read it for free if you download it from the Gutenberg Project. (WWW.GUTENBERG.ORG)
Nor should there be....Evil can only be defeated by KILLING IT!
Works for me.
Well written, a little on the gruesome side. But then, gruesome describes what actually happened.
It does an excellent job of describing the events, in particular the defense of St. Elmo.
lessons to be learned
Martel knew them
Coeur de Lion knew them
And more recently, Sherman, Pershing and Patton knew these things (even though only Pershing had any interaction with Islam).
Any body got any information on the fire-hoops they mentioned?
I thought they were very unique units in AoEIII, and cannot even pretend to having any historical referance to base them on.
G. K. Chesterton wrote a famous poem about Don Juan and the Battle of Lepanto
The badge of a firefighter is the Maltese Cross. This Maltese Cross is a symbol of protection and a badge of honor. Its story is hundreds of years old.
When a courageous band of crusaders known as the Knights of St. John, fought the Saracens for possession of the holy land, they encountered a new weapon unknown to European warriors. It was a simple, but a horrible device of war, it wrought excruciating pain and agonizing death upon the brave fighters for the cross. The Saracen's weapon was fire.
As the crusaders advanced on the walls of the city, they were struck by glass bombs containing naphtha. When they became saturated with the highly flammable liquid, the Saracens hurled a flaming torch into their midst. Hundreds of the knights were burned alive; others risked their lives to save their brothers-in-arms from dying painful, fiery deaths.
Thus, these men became our first firefighters and the first of a long list of courageous firefighters. Their heroic efforts were recognized by fellow crusaders who awarded each here a badge of honor - a cross similar to the one firefighters wear today. Since the Knights of St. John lived for close to four centuries on a little island in the Mediterranean Sea named Malta, the cross came to be known as the Maltese Cross.
The Maltese Cross is your symbol of protection. It means that the firefighter who wears this cross is willing to lay down his life for you just as the crusaders sacrificed their lives for their fellow man so many years ago. The Maltese Cross is a firefighter's badge of honor, signifying that they work in courage - a ladder rung away from death..
Will it be on Amazon?
Great read - thank you.
Not that I know which is correct, but it was the knights using fire on the Sarcerens, according to the article.
Interesting that the story you relate has it the other way.
> When the next Pearl Harbor takes place, political
> correctness will evaporate into a mist of blood and we
> will do what we need to do.
In case you didn’t notice, “the next Pearl Harbor” already happened on September 11, 2001.
What needs to be done is to eviscerate Mahometanism by destroying the Karbala rock and shrine, and perhaps all of Mecca.
No Karbala, no Mecca.
No Mecca, no Hajj.
No Hajj, no Islam, as we know it today.
This will flush out all the wild-eyed musselmen, who can then be dispatched prejudiciously.
The musselmen who value their lives more than their silly, malignant superstitions will have to reform.
“A Knight of the White Cross” is about the earlier siege of Rhodes, also a very notable battle, but one the Knights lost.
yes Sherman waged total war on his own former countrymen and their families and nobody anguished till later
we are so hamstrung now we anguish over whether or not to let them emigrate here or whether or not refusing to call them religion of peace is bigoted...much less wage total war on them
and Sherman did what he did not against an enemy that desired to annihilate or destroy his country and culture...he waged total war just to win the war and prevent seccession or preserve the union...take yer pick
Islam is a real threat to all of us.
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Human Heads as cannonballs...
Martel knew them
Coeur de Lion knew them
Don't forget Sobieski - or El Cid Campeador.
There are so many others who understood the threat, but have been largely erased by time and by the West's growing tendency to steer away from all things "Christian" when it comes to writing the history textbooks.
Take the example of King Dinis of Portugal, for instance. Not a name that is often discussed in our high schools or universities. However, he was the man who encouraged the building of a large fleet to assist in protecting against Muslim raids. When the Templars were eradicated throughout most of Europe, Dinis incorporated their Portuguese members and the wealth of the institution in the newly created Order of Christ. That order was responsible not only for the maritime defense of southern Europe against the Moors, but it was also responsible for the Age of Exploration (we've all seen pictures of the Portuguese galleons with the red cross of the Order on their sails).
Muslim raids on Morocco and Algeria forced Portugal to build a navy which, ironically, was powerful enough to explore the world and take over the Indian spice trade, thus leading the Muslim world into the economic swamp it is relegated to until this very day - despite all the oil in the Middle East.
The Age of Imperialism (and the wealth flowing in from Europe's colonies) also gave Europe the economic might to resist the Muslim onslaught. You'll never see a history teacher stitch all that together, though... and more's the pity.
No wonder this stuff stirs my blood.