Jan Sobieski was one of the most extraordinary and visionary monarchs of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth from 1674 until his death. He was a man of letters, an artistic person, a dedicated ruler but above all the greatest soldier of his time. Popular among his subjects, he won considerable fame for his decisive victory over the Ottomans at the walls of Vienna (1683). For defeating the Muslim invaders, Pope Innocent XI hailed Sobieski as the saviour of Christendom.
The late 17th century has had much in common with our early twenty first century. Both periods can be seen as times in which governments with weak, self centered ideologies had little or no moral compass to guide them. Today, as then, we look to our leaders for action, integrity and truth but the problem is that we have few real leaders today. After reading this book, I hope that you might ask yourself this question: why can't we have courageous leaders and heroes today as Poland did centuries ago in her great king, Jan III Sobieski?
Despite being surrounded by a host of political, religious and ideological enemies, Sobieski could not be contained and was not limited by the challenges of his time. Well educated, loyal to those who placed their trust on him, a romantic, a chivalric knight and a devoted family man, Sobieski also had the skills and bravery of a Polish winged hussar.
As you read this well researched book, I hope that you will be captivated by Sobieski's Poland, an exotic and little known quarter of Europe (a quarter in the sense that few realize that this once powerful and religiously tolerant kingdom ruled benevolently a quarter of Europe).
About The Author:
Greece's foremost expert on Polish history, Miltiades Varvounis is a
distinguished freelance writer and author, with a thorough knowledge
of the history of Eastern Europe. Of Polish descent, he considers
himself Graecorum et Polonorum filius (a son of Greeks and Poles). He
has written several books in Greek, including "Ivan the Terrible"; and
"Kemal: The Founder of Modern Turkey." His latest book is in English,
the critically acclaimed "Jan Sobieski: The King Who Saved Europe".
His articles have appeared in leading Greek magazines and journals.
Trailer From The Film "The Battle Of Vienna"