Friday, October 10, 2008

Lepanto Anniversary

I missed this important date...

Oh well! Better late than never! Go read the rest of this history and learn of the battle that turned the tide against the invading Islamic armies. And navies. - Lepanto Anniversary: "Decisive Victory for the West Battle of Lepanto - detail

At this time of year, it is timely to remember one of the greatest victories of the west against the Islamic world. On the 7th October in 1571, Don Juan and the Holy League, led by Admiral Doria, defeated the larger Ottoman fleet in the Battle of Lepanto, saving Europe from the Turks and militant Islam. The Holy League was a coalition of different armies - of the Republic of Venice, the Papacy (under Pope Pius V), Spain (including Naples, Sicily and Sardinia), the Republic of Genoa, the Duchy of Savoy, the Knights Hospitaller and some others. Pope Pius V knew the significance of the battle – that Europe would be overrun by Islam if the Turks won – so he called all Europe to pray as never before. As there was no internet at the time, messengers on horseback were sent to as many places as possible to spread the word. There was certainly a feeling of unity of will – politically and spiritually in Europe and the response to the Pope’s call was immediate and positive, even if the Holy League was not that good a navy."

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