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January 10, 2008


Father M.

Basil, are there any good books out there on the Battle of Lepanto?

Old Dominion Tory

Three come to mind immediately:
Galleys of Lepanto by Jack Beeching,
Confrontation at Lepanto: Christendom vs. Islam by T.C.F. Hopkins, and
Victory of the West: The Great Christian-Muslim Clash at the Battle of Lepanto by Niccolo Capponi.

Father M.

Thank you, ODT. For some reason Lepanto has been very much in my conciousness of late.

Mrs. Peperium

Back in our dating days, we had a favorite restaurant named Lepanto. Mr. P realized what he was dating when I asked the hostess if the gold coin in her necklace was a Krugerrand.

They were both horrified. I had to explain to both of them if you're going to wear a necklace made from gold currency, then you want it to be made from Krugerrands as they are/were the only pure gold currency out there....

Gosh. It's one thing to be liberal. It's another thing to be completely stupid about money.

Old Dominion Tory

Father: You also might appreciate Ernle Bradford's The Great Siege about the 1565 defense of Malta by the Knights of St. John as well as John Stoye's The Siege of Vienna.

Father M.

ODT, I have and very much enjoyed the Ernle Bradford book, "The Knights of St. John."

Mrs. P.,
Hysterical. Great name for a restaurant, btw. Did they serve Turkish kabobs?

Basil Seal

Father M., ODT has named most of the worthwhile books on Lepanto. You might be interested in the neglected masterpiece of rhyme and meter "Lepanto" by G. K. Chesterton. Ignatius Press has a nice annotated version out. And Mrs. P has named all of the restaurants named "Lepanto".

Mrs. Peperium

"Did they serve Turkish kabobs?"

No. It was great Italian food.

Robbo the Llama Butcher

Snook was the fellah who did those two books about Isaldhlwana and Rorke's Drift, wasn't he? I think I'd buy his histories on the spot.

Old Dominion Tory

At Lepanto, there was, however, a 10% discount for anyone who brought the head of a Saracen.

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