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Jan Sobieski: The King Who Saved Europe

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Jan Sobieski was one of the most extraordinary and visionary monarchs of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth from 1674 until his death. He was a man of letters, an artistic person, a dedicated ruler but above all the greatest soldier of his time. Popular among his subjects, he won considerable fame for his decisive victory over the Ottomans at the walls of Vienna (1683). Fo ...more
Paperback, large print, 276 pages
Published February 16th 2012 by Xlibris (first published February 12th 2012)
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Joseph Serwach
Jul 03, 2012 Joseph Serwach rated it really liked it
One man can change the world: Jan III Sobieski, one of Poland's greatest kings, in 1683 literally saved Europe and triggered the beginning of the fall of the once vast Ottoman Empire. The victory culminated 30 years of fighting in 17th century Europe.
As Vienna was about to fall, though greatly outnumbered, he brought his vaunted fighters to wipe out the invaders and their power was never the same. Pope Innocent XI hailed him as the savior of Christendom.
When told how Vienna was outnumbered, S
Conrad Johnson
Sep 10, 2014 Conrad Johnson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Collective conscious memory is the root that can either help or hurt humanity. For much of those who live in what we call the Middle East--another definitive Eurocentric geographical label--the Crusades of the past millennium are still discussed regularly and invoke conceptual injustice. But this review is not about what breaks, but that which binds. For the Poles, King Jan III Sobieski (1629-1696) remains nearly as iconic as the Black Madonna of Czȩstochowa in the old country.

Varvounis vividly
Michal Borkowski
May 03, 2014 Michal Borkowski rated it really liked it
Very interesting story of one of the greatest kings and strategists of his time. It's a story seldom told, which is a shame. He saved European culture after all from the advances of the Ottoman Empire. Recommend you check it out - quick read.
Feb 10, 2016 Mustafa rated it did not like it
First of all, this book is neither a history book nor fiction one. Nothing more than bedtime stories for kids with full of misinformation and lies. For sure Jan Sobieski was one of the greatest soldiers of history and Vienna was a legendary war but showing Ottoman Empire as a devil society and Polish army as the guardian angels of Christendom in every single point of this book is malicious. Disappointment.
Matthew Dambro
Feb 12, 2015 Matthew Dambro rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Author cites the appropriate sources, but I did not note the Presence of Norman Davies work on Poland and Central Europe generally. My main concern with the volume was either the poor translation from Greek, if it was in Greek originally or with the horrendous editing and publishing job done. The book is jammed with misspellings and confused diction and word sequences. The author has, I believe, done a credible job in research and writing but the publisher has butchered the text.
Aug 08, 2015 Elizabeth rated it really liked it
Well worth reading for one of the most crucial times in European History, and about one of Europe's lesser known heroes. Unfortunately the translation is atrocious. It seems to have been translated by someone who has English as a second language and consequently the meanings of some sentences has to be worked out by the reader.
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Miltiades Varvounis has published several books in Greek and English, on key figures and aspects of European and world history. He is also a screenwriter and reviewer, and has contributed to many leading Greek periodicals and journals. His areas of research include, among other things, cultural and military life of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, Polish, Lithuanian and Turkish histories, and O ...more
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