October 7th, 2009

the mark


Phones are back on.
seven zero three five nine five five four three three
less frequently checked: tres cero uno tres cinco siete dos seis seis uno

On this day in 1571, Don Juan of Austria saved Western Civilization

Oh sure, he had some help from Venice, the Papal States, his father Charles V (King of Spain and Holy Roman Emperor) and a bunch of English Catholics who risked the wrath of Queen Elizabeth to fight the Turks. There was also, as Victor Davis Hanson says, a scientific and cultural advantage working in favor of the numerically inferior Papal League. Michael Novak has a good article here at NRO with appropriate props to the Blessed Mother as Our Lady of Victory.

I still think the best description of the battle came from G.K. Chesteron, though, who wrote this epic poem about the battle.
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To quote Baron Bodissey, "We are in a new phase of a very old war."