It portrays a fantastical meeting among the leaders of the Catholic alliance formed by Spain, Rome, and Venice, who were victorious over Turkish forces at the great naval battle of Lepanto
in 1571 (Blunt).
The flyleaf captures Alvarez's interest in this subject succinctly: "Most students of history assume that the age of the 'warlord popes' ended with the Renaissance, but, long after the victory to Catholic powers at the battle of Lepanto
in 1571, the papacy continued to entangle itself in martial affairs.
He had based the works on a set of tapestries of the Battle of Lepanto
that he had special access to, if memory serves, through a member of the Doria-Pamphilj family.
Or in 1571, when the 'relentless, hideous and fanatical' sea battle of Lepanto
killed at least 25,000 Turks and as many as 8,000 Christians.
Still, a compendious book that mentions an ancient hymn of Ethiopian Christians ('Anqasa Berhan), the genre of Rosencranzbilder, Erasmus, the Battle of Lepanto
, Queen Elizabeth I, Philip Neff, Louis Richeome, Leibniz, Charles Dickens, the Plenary Councils of Baltimore, devotion of the Holy Face of Christ, Jean Delumeau, Karl Rahner, and the Texas Department of Corrections will edify the reader who can savor it, a treasury.
The Christian resistance to the Ottoman Empire in the sixteenth century gained its singular reference point in the Battle of Lepanto
, 7 October 1571, which pitted European forces, organized by Pope Pius V, against the Turkish navy, which had earlier captured Cyprus from the Venetians, except for Famagusta, which lay under siege for months.
The Crusades also made a comeback with the clash between Islam and Christianity--complete with the Assassins, the suicide killers of the Old Man of the Mountains--and such medieval glories as the Battle of Lepanto
Yet the vision of the Mediterranean stretching before his eyes inspires in Cervantes not an epic journey harkening back to the remote classical past, but an all too real and palpable enterprise that for both Spain and the man was not any less monumental and epic in its significance, the naval battle of Lepanto
in 1571, indeed a decisive victory of epic proportions.
Victory of the West: The Great Christian-Muslim Clash at the Battle of Lepanto
The main argument of the book is that the Battle of Lepanto
was a decisive moment in history, inasmuch as "after Lepanto the pendulum swung back the other way and the wealth began to flow from East to West, a pattern that continues to this day" (23).
His defeat of the Turkish army at the battle of Lepanto
stopped the Turkish advance and thus saved Europe from being conquered by the Turks.
Victory of the West: The Story of the Battle of Lepanto
The external threat of radical Islam--pardon the pleonasm--may be the geatest threat to Western civilization since 1571 when the Battle of Lepanto
checked the incursion of what we used to call the paynim foe into Europe.
October 7, 2006 was the 435th anniversary of the Battle of Lepanto
, which led the Pope to create the liturgical feast of the rosary for the whole Church.
Wilson draws both on the Battle of Lepanto
in 1571 and the ritual ceremonies involved in the 1597 coronation of the Dogaressa Morosina Morosini Grimani.