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

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

Today in European history: the Great Siege of Malta ends (1565)

The two most famous military orders to come out of the Crusades were the Knights Templar, which was named for its first headquarters on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, and the Knights Hospitaller, which ran a hospital in Crusader Jerusalem before it diversified into the fighting business. The Templars are easily the more famous of… Continue reading Today in European history: the Great Siege of Malta ends (1565)

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

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,… Continue reading Today in European history: the Siege of Rhodes ends (1522)

Today in European history: the Great Siege of Malta ends (1565)

The two most famous military orders to come out of the Crusades were the Knights Templar, which was named for its first headquarters on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, and the Knights Hospitaller, which ran a hospital in Crusader Jerusalem before it diversified into the fighting business. The Templars are easily the more famous of… Continue reading Today in European history: the Great Siege of Malta ends (1565)

Conflict update: December 22 2016

Folks, the real conflict here is between me and the concept of a decent night’s sleep. I seriously considered taking the night off, but given that I’d like to take a couple of the next few nights off I figured I needed to get your #content out there tonight. This one might be a little… Continue reading Conflict update: December 22 2016

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

Originally posted on 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…

Today in European history: the Great Siege of Malta ends (1565)

Originally posted on and that's the way it was:
The two most famous military orders to come out of the Crusades were the Knights Templar, which was named for its first headquarters on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, and the Knights Hospitaller, which ran a hospital in Crusader Jerusalem before it diversified into the…