March 12th, 1591 | The Battle of Tondibi

March 12th, 1591 | The Battle of Tondibi

I think you could partially define the word “empire” as “a bunch of people, temporarily united in cause, stealing a lot of land, then eventually falling out, and getting face-punched into oblivion by a neighboring empire.” Let’s take The Songhai as an example. “The...
February 13th, 1503 | The Challenge of Barlette

February 13th, 1503 | The Challenge of Barlette

Friday 13th; ahhh a time of spookiness, bad tidings, and  Jason Voorhees freezing your head in a tub of liquid nitrogen. Orrrrrrrrrr, 500 years ago, it was a great time for slamming down your wine, pointing to the guy opposite you, and challenging the cowardly...
October 15th, 1529 | The Siege of Vienna

October 15th, 1529 | The Siege of Vienna

1529 and Europe and the Middle East are pretty much demonstrating one of the coolest eras of warfare: swords, spears, halberds, and just a hint of cannon and muskets. The world was changing, but one common denominator had been the Ottoman Empire. From 1299 to 1453...
October 7th, 1571 | The Battle of Lepanto

October 7th, 1571 | The Battle of Lepanto

The last major naval battle in the Mediterranean fought entirely between galleys. We have to talk about this one 🙂 Last week I spoke about a couple of battles involving the Turks. These guys had been running around Southeast Europe and Western Asia pretty much...