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Protestantism was the biggest threat to the Church.  But of course, Turkish Muslims invading Catholic lands couldn't have helped them retain power.

BTW, correct me if I'm wrong: didn't the Ottomans have a plan to invade Italy, only to have it cancelled because of the 1683 defeat at Vienna?

by DH from MD on Tue Jul 5th, 2005 at 11:31:43 AM EST
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