Today in European history: the Second Battle of Kosovo (1448) ends

Originally posted on and that's the way it was:
As in the case of the two battles of Mohács, when you’re talking about the “Battle of Kosovo” it’s important to be specific. As far as I know, there have been at least five “Battles of Kosovo” fought over the years, not including the Kosovo…

Abdicated and it feels so good (Ottoman edition)

Harrison Ford once said “I think retirement’s for old people.” Well, 85 is old, so if he were in any other job but the Papacy, Benedict XVI’s announced resignation would be the furthest thing from surprising. But the fact is that popes don’t resign; the last one to resign the office was Gregory XII in… Continue reading Abdicated and it feels so good (Ottoman edition)