Today in European history: the Siege of Rhodes ends (1522)

and that's the way it was

Since it’s Star Wars season (no spoilers please), I’d like to propose that the 1522 Ottoman Siege of Rhodes is the Empire Strikes Back of the Ottoman-Knights Hospitaller relationship. First there was the 1480 Ottoman siege of Rhodes, which ended when the plucky (?) and heavily outnumbered Knights managed to not just survive the siege, but actually drive the Ottoman attackers back to their ships and off the island. And the capper was the 1565 Great Siege of Malta, when another heavily outnumbered band of Knights managed to survive the siege long enough for a Spanish relief force to drive the Ottoman attackers back to their ships and off the island. But just like the original Star Wars trilogy, the middle episode went to the empire; this 1522 siege drove the Knights off of Rhodes and forced them to find a new island to call their own.

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Author: DWD

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