A reader of Vlad posted a link to a story I was fully unaware of till now. (Thank you moss) I am currently researching it and attempting to grasp the enormity of it. Till then, here is a photograph of over 800 skulls of people Muslim invaders butchered for refusing to convert to Islam which the re-takers of the city in Italy in 1480 put behind glass walls in the cathedral.
It is interesting to note that the pope in Rome called for a crusade in response to this horror and that according to wikipedia.
Since it was only 28 years after the fall of Constantinople, there was some fear that Rome would suffer the same fate. Plans were made for the Pope and citizens of Rome evacuate the city. Pope Sixtus IV repeated his 1471 call for a crusade. Several Italian city-states, Hungary and France responded positively to this. The Republic of Venice did not, as it had signed an expensive peace treaty with the Ottomans in 1479.
In 1481 an army was raised by king Ferdinand I of Naples to be led by his son Alphonso II of Naples. A contingent of troops was provided by king Matthias Corvinus of Hungary.
here’s a great article about beheading in islam.
Best greetings and a happy New Year
I clicked on the picture and that’s a good article. The writer makes the connection between paganism and human sacrifice which many people are unaware of. I talk to a number of ‘neo-pagans’ and ‘wiccans’ who like to claim they are following the old ways i.e. paganism. They react in horror when I ask them why they aren’t practising human sacrifice, lol. They claim that I am making it up and that paganism was peaceful and nature-loving, lol. Oh give me strength. They simply cannot get their heads around the fact that pagan religions were brutal, vicious, and bloodthirsty. Perfectly exemplified today by Islam.