Tuesday, October 09, 2007

October 7: Lepanto...

"The Turkish successes began in the middle of the XI century. They ended in the XVI. Selim the Sot came to the throne of Othman and St. Pius V to the throne of the Apostle...The battle of Lepanto arrested forever the danger of Mohammedan invasion in the South of Europe - and Lepanto was won by prayer..."
-John Henry Cardinal Newman
This plaque is in the Sistine Chapel of the Basilica of St. Mary Major. Anybody want to translate it for me?


Anonymous said...

That was the battle of Famagusta on Cyprus. General Bragadin was flayed alive by the Turks but his skin was later brought from Constantinople and placed in an urn over a memorial erected to him in the Dominican Basilica of Sts. John and Paul in Venice.

Anonymous said...

The aggressor was Selim the tyrant (with the Seljuk Turks). 1565 was Malta's valiant and defence. 1570 the Turks attacked and took Cyprus from Venice. The capital Nicosia fell with the massacre of 20,000. But the fortified port of Famagusta held out until nearly twelve months later. 1571 it was taken and all were killed while the commander was flayed alive, General Bragadin.