On October 7, 1571, the most important sea battle in history was fought near the mouth of what is today called the Gulf of Patras, then the Gulf of Lepanto. On one side were the war galleys of the Holy League and on the other, those of the Ottoman Turks, rowed by tens of thousands of Christian galley salves. Although the battle decided the future of Europe, few Europeans, and even fewer European Americans, know the story, much less how close Western Europe came to suffering an Islamic conquest.
On October 7, 1911, English poet and theologian G.K. Chesterton honored the battle with what is perhaps the greatest ballad of the twentieth century. He wrote this extradironary poem while the postman impatiently waited for the copy. It was instantly popular and remained so for years. The ballad is not less inspiring today and is more timely than ever, as the West faces the growing threat of Islam.
In this three-CD set, Christopher Check tells the exhilariating story of Lepanto, first in his own words and then through the poem of G.K. Chesteron. Don't miss out on this fascinating and vital piece of our Catholic history, told with energy and wit.
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