The Warrior-King Who Saved Europe From Islam

Poland’s kings are a fascinating bunch, ranging from great scoundrels like Boleslaw the Bold, who hacked up St. Stanislaw, to larger than life characters like King Kazimierz, who raised 14th century Poland to greatness. Even St. Jadwiga, who founded the Jagiellonian University, was technically “king” because 14th century Polish law did not allow for a queen.

While these rulers are discussed at length in City of Saints, there is another leader not to be overlooked. I caught up with Greek-Polish historian Miltiades Varvounis, author of Jan Sobieski: The King Who Saved Europe, to talk about another Polish king—King Jan Sobieski. Considered the greatest warrior king of his time, Sobieski is best known for winning the Battle of Vienna against the Ottoman Empire in 1683, but he his legacy goes well beyond the battlefield.

  • dance…dancetotheradio

    They didn’t teach this to us in high school thirty years ago.

    • xavier

      Of course not. If you want to learn, do it on your time. Lord knows that schools don’t teach but indoctrinate


    • Jabberwokk

      They didn’t teach us this in the church either. And I’ve been to many.

  • Yes, survival !

  • Jay Currie

    Excellent article!

    It is beginning to Dawn on some parts of the West that more than 5 percent Islam is trouble.

    Took a while.

  • John

    Great article. However the author neglected to mention the technological improvements Europeans had been making with cannon and firearms. The Ottomans, like most of the Muslim world today, eschewed scientific and technological innovation. Sobieski won, at least in part, because Europe had made a lot of progress in the production of more accurate and powerful firearms.

    But unlike the situation today, 17th century Europe would never, ever have been foolish enough to share these military advances/discoveries with the Muslim world, no matter the amount of profit.

  • DMB
    • Jabberwokk

      And yet the atheist scoffs at us.

      The few times Christendom defended itself and they never let us live it down.

      Even though there own existence is dependent on ours.

      We sacrifice our innocence so they can keep theirs and we are repaid with betrayal.

      So now that they have succeeded in making the west Godless who will defend them this time I wonder?

      Atheistic Marxism is the AIDS that undoes the immune system of the west that is Christianity.

      And even Guys like R. Dawkins are saying “…Christianity might be a bulwark against something worse,…”. Interesting wording….as per the article “Antemurale Christianitatis”.

  • Surele Surele

    King Jan Sobieski is one of the beloved Polish Kings. And we knew our history.

  • Spatchcocked

    If the Pope of Rome had not bribed the then Polish parliament Sobieski would not have sallied forth to Vienna. That fact is never mentioned.
    The Church of Rome bankrolled the battle of Lepanto as well.

    Now times we have that absurd spaghetti bender from Argentina….surely Benedict will have a private word with the fool and return him to his duty.

    Whither Rolf Hochuth?

  • Billy Bob Thornton

    Do not forget the Hungarians that saved the West from Genghis Khan.

  • Jabberwokk

    I was greatly encouraged by this. thank you.