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John Hunyadi and the Defense of Belgrade, 1456

Posted by on Monday, August 20th, 2018 in East European History, Fifteenth Century, Medieval History, Ottoman Empire

John Hunyadi Athlete of Christ Together with the Albanian hero George Castriota Scanderbeg, John Hunyadi, voivode of Transylvania and royal governor Hungary is considered the greatest defender of Christendom during the mid-fifteenth century. Born to a small noble family in Transylvania, Hunyadi began his career under Sigismund of Luxemburg, king of Hungary (1387-1437). Through his […]

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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow – Poem of Scanderbeg

Posted by on Monday, July 2nd, 2018 in Albanian History, East European Literature

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow The American poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882) authored many of the most popular poems in nineteenth century American literature. Descendant of an old New England family, Longfellow traveled extensively throughout Europe before he became professor of modern languages at Bowdoin College from 1829 to 1835. After the death of his first wife […]

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Scanderbeg and the Seige of Croya (Krujë) in 1467

Posted by on Thursday, June 28th, 2018 in Albanian History, Fifteenth Century, Medieval History

One of the last great victories of Scanderbeg Less than a year before his death on January 17, 1468, George Castriota Scanderbeg launched a fierce attack against Ottoman invaders in April 1467 who had beseiged his capital city of Croya [Krujë]. The harsh winter had weakened the Islamic attackers, led by the Sultan Mehmed II’s […]

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The Ottoman Invasion of Italy and the Albanian Rebellion, 1480-1481

Posted by on Thursday, June 14th, 2018 in Albanian History, East European History, Fifteenth Century, Medieval History

The Albanian rebellion of 1481 is a little-known chapter in history, but one of vital importance that saved Rome from suffering the same fate as Byzantium. Having conquered Constantinople and having finally subdued Albania after the long and fierce resistance by the Albanian people led by George Castriota Scanderbeg, Mehmed II next set his sights […]

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550th Anniversary of the Death of the Great Albanian National Hero George Castriota Scanderbeg

Posted by on Tuesday, June 5th, 2018 in Albanian History, Fifteenth Century

The struggle of the Albanian people led by George Castriota Scanderbeg to defend Europe against the assault of the Ottoman Turks has been much celebrated. For a quarter of a century, from 1443 until his death in 1468, he used his military prowess to thwart the efforts of the most powerful Empire in the world […]

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The League of Alessio and the Albanian Resistance led by Scanderbeg, March 2, 1444

When George Castriota Scanderbeg raised the flag of revolt against Ottoman rule and seized his family fortress at Coya [Krujë] in November 1443, he realized the difficulty Albaians faced in defending their homeland. As one who had been a hostage at the Ottoman court and served in the Sultan’s army, he knew lack of political […]

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How Researching the Life of Dracula Changed My Life, by Kyle B. Stiff

Posted by on Friday, May 11th, 2018 in Dracula Literature

Researching the life of Dracula for my book Voivod changed my life. There’s nothing quite so humbling as finding out that your knowledge of history is based on movies and television, especially when you live under the illusion of being informed… unlike those other people! I was forced to confront my own ignorance when I […]

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