Today in European history: the Council of Clermont (1095)

The title of this post is a bit misleading. The Council of Clermont actually ran from November 18 through November 28, 1095, so November 27 is the anniversary of neither its beginning nor its end. It is, however, the anniversary of the day on which Pope Urban II (d. 1099) got to the point. It… Continue reading Today in European history: the Council of Clermont (1095)

Today in European history: the Knights Templar order is purged (1307)

The Knights Templar are one of the two major Christian military orders that were founded during the Crusades. The other, the Knights Hospitaller, we’ve encountered with respect to the failed Ottoman siege of Malta in 1565. The Hospitallers, in fact, are still around today, although nowadays you’re more likely to see them called the “Order… Continue reading Today in European history: the Knights Templar order is purged (1307)

Today in European history: the Martyrs of Otranto (1480)

So an Ottoman Sultan who conquered Constantinople would naturally be inclined to anoint himself the new Roman Emperor. Mehmed seems to have taken his new title seriously enough that he had designs not just on ruling the Roman Empire as it was in 1453 (which, frankly, wasn’t all that impressive anymore), but on putting the… Continue reading Today in European history: the Martyrs of Otranto (1480)

World update: January 16 2018

OIL Don’t look now, but oil prices are back up. Brent crude closed at just shy of $70/barrel on Tuesday, the highest it’s been in about three years. The joint Saudi-Russian agreement to cut supply is finally starting to have some bite to it as stockpiles are being reduced, which is bringing the oil market… Continue reading World update: January 16 2018

Today in Middle Eastern/European history: the Council of Clermont (1095)

The title of this post is a bit misleading. The Council of Clermont actually ran from November 18 through November 28, 1095, so November 27 commemorates neither its beginning nor its end. What it does commemorate, however, is the day on which Pope Urban II (d. 1099) got to the point. It was on November… Continue reading Today in Middle Eastern/European history: the Council of Clermont (1095)

Today in European history: the Knights Templar order is purged (1307)

The Knights Templar are the more famous of the two major Christian military orders that were founded during the Crusades; the other, the Knights Hospitaller, we’ve encountered in talking about the failed Ottoman siege of Malta in 1565. The Hospitallers, in fact, are still around today, although nowadays you may see them called the “Order… Continue reading Today in European history: the Knights Templar order is purged (1307)

Asia/Africa update: June 19-20 2017

PHILIPPINES BREAKING: Just in the past few minutes (it’s about 10:30 PM east coast time as I write this) reports have starting coming in about more Islamist militant activity on the Philippines’ southern Mindanao Island: A police report said about 300 armed men, among them members of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF), stormed a school… Continue reading Asia/Africa update: June 19-20 2017