: The Polish King Who Saved Western Civilisation
John III Sobieski (17 August 1629 - 17 June 1696) was the King of Poland and hero in the Battle of Vienna. It is no exaggeration to say that this man saved Europe and therefore Western Civilisation by finally stopping the Ottoman Turks inceasing their colonisation and occupation of Europe in the great battle of 1683. Together with Charles Martel these two men can be seen as the ultimate champions of the West.
Pope Innocent XI extended this feast to the universal Church as a solemn thanksgiving for the relief of Vienna, when it was besieged by the Turks in 1683.
The Turks had formerly laid siege to Vienna, under Solyman the Magnificent, in 1529, in the reign of Charles V. But after losing sixty thousand men, and lying a month before the place, without making any considerable advances against it, they raised the siege.
The danger was much more formidable when those infidels made a second attempt upon this bulwark of Germany, in the reign of the Emperor Leopold.
video generation - too lazy to read? lol
Anyway, Muslims take over south-east Europe. They try to take over Austria (then probably the powerful country in Europe) and almost win but at routed by the Poles. Europe stays free but also gets coffee from the Turk.
And Its funny how the lists of jewish pogroms in East Europe usually start from around that period aswell (usually started off with Khmelyntsky uprising of 1646 onwards)...well atleast Western Civilization was saved!