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Yep, but that was long before the Ottomans.

In the 10th or 9th century (I read of this when JPII died), there were Moslems even on the Italian peninsula - but were fought back.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Tue Jul 5th, 2005 at 04:20:07 PM EST
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The muslims were thrown out of Sicily and Malta by the Normans in 1088-1091.

In 1565, the Ottomans, under Soleyman the Magnificent, tried to conquer Malta to get a stronghold in the Western Mediterranean and a base to conquer Italy. Thanks to the Knights of St John of Jerusalem, led by the Grand Master Jean Parisot de la Valette, they were defeated...

"Dieu se rit des hommes qui se plaignent des conséquences alors qu'ils en chérissent les causes" Jacques-Bénigne Bossuet

by Melanchthon on Tue Jul 5th, 2005 at 07:27:59 PM EST
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