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Lepanto Paperback – April 5, 2007
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Lepanto is an important sea battle that took place between European and Turkish forces in the 1600's. It is often remembered as an `almost' for the West, since if the Turkish forces had won, there was a good chance that Italy would have fallen under their influence as a result. Most likely, the reason why the Europeans won was because they were under the command of Austrian Don John, the illegitimate son of the Holy Roman Emperor, and half brother to the King of Spain. But this is mostly told in the scholarly essays that are included in the book.
But that may the important thing to note: the poem which is this book's namesake....only takes up ten pages. The rest of its 124 pages are taken up by excellent essays by military, literary, and historical scholars. (A warning to Muslims and Protestants: While they are respectful in their stances, they are most certainly pro-Catholic, pro-West in their writing; much like Chesterton was. Don't be surprised if you get bashed a bit, as this Protestant reader was.)While they offer excellent insights into the poem, it's a little disappointing to find out you won't be reading Chesterton's excellent prose for much of the book, save for the poem and two essays of his.
But oh, what poetry it is. When it was released in 1911, Lepanto became a national epic in months. By WWI soldiers were writing him telling of how they would read his poem on the battlefield. Lepanto recounts the glory of Don John in an elegant, flowing manner.Read more ›
The commentary is helpful as well, providing explanations of many of Chesterton's allegories, as well as explaining some of the obscure terms Chesterton uses.Read more ›
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Great book!! Chesterton always does a great job with his writing. It is very easy to read and the translation is quite helpful.Published 2 months ago by K.C.i.
Great poem! The commentary and notes really help to better understand it too.Published 8 months ago by DMH
Mr. Ahlquist does great work. This great poem is assisted by numerous essays which are very useful. There is only one line in one essay (p. 68) which is disturbing: "... Read morePublished 13 months ago by L. Mack Hall
History never repeats itself, but it sure does rhyme. Learn about the background of your Catholic faith and where we stand today as the second largest religion to the Muslims!Published 14 months ago by Tera
Chesterton's poem"Lepanto" is only about a half dozen pages long. However, if, like me, you are writing a paper on the battle of Lepanto this book has several great... Read morePublished on September 23, 2013 by volcombro9
This text contains the very short but brilliant poem by G.K. Chesterton and many commentaries. It is worth the price because the poem is descriptive of a problem that plagues... Read morePublished on May 26, 2013 by GuillermoSantiago