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...brave, of course, more in the sense of, say, not motivated by foreign conquest - self-defense and the protection of others are, I guess, one of those few things making one's bravery a virtue - a difficult thing to find amongst the warlords of the time.
One might also discuss the "two mighty neighbours", given the enormous superiority the Turks were already displaying, in both strength and equippment, with regards to any of their East-European targets. And they used that advantage to the fullest - at least until the famous Vienna siege in 1529, the one finally marking a stop to the Ottoman advance. It took 150 more years for the tide to turn for real. But that could well make the subject of another diary.

Free at last! Free at last! Thank God Almighty, we are free at last! (Martin Luther King)
by ValentinD (walentijn arobase free spot frança) on Tue Oct 21st, 2008 at 05:26:28 PM EST
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