Christendom at the Brink: How the Ottoman Turks were Defeated.
Historian Diane Moczar pulls back the curtain on one of the most important acts in the drama of Muslim aggression against the West: the 500-year-long siege of Europe by the Ottoman Turks.
Tracing the rise of the Turkish people from wandering Asian tribe to mighty pan-continental empire, Islam at the Gates chronicles the heroes and villains, the battles and atrocities, the tragic errors and timely miracles, that marked the Ottomans’ incursions from Europe’s borders to the very heart of Christendom; and then, by the grace of God, their eventual repulsion and final defeat.
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Solid history and dramatic narrative make Islam at the Gates a moving look at Europe’s long struggle against the Turks. But the author’s shrewd Catholic outlook also makes it an edifying one. Had these events unfolded just a little differently, Christian civilization might have been conquered by the sword of Allah. If we fail to learn the lessons of history, Dr. Moczar warns, the West may yet fall.
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It is a must reading for anyone interested in Church history and the present and future of civilization. Very advisable.
After reading this book you will come to appreciate the history, leadership, and divine purpose of the Catholic church as defender of the Body of Christ and teacher of all the truths of Christianity.
Prologue. Muslim Aggression: A Drama in Five Acts
1. The Ottomans Come on the Scene
2. Ottoman Success in the Fifteenth Century
3. The City Falls and the Heroes Die
4. The Suffering of the Balkans
5. Albania, Rhodes, Otranto
6. A Semi-Peaceful Interlude
7. Jihad at Sea
8. Hungary’s Passion
9. The Anti-Jihad Victorious: Lepanto to Vienna and After
10. Islam at the Gates Once More
Rebuilding Catholic Culture
What Jesus Saw From the Cross
Aquinas’ Shorter Summa
One-Minute Philosopher, The
Ten Dates Every Catholic Should Know
Mystery and Destiny of the Church
Church Under Attack