Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Viva il Papa!

No, not Francis the Talking Pope.

John X.

He pulled together an alliance of Christian nobility from Italy and the Byzantine Empire and co-led the troops into battle in June 915 where, at Garigliano, he succeeded in killing off the last of the Muslim invaders of the Fatimid Caliphate.


The 10th century was a very tough time. He had a very busy reign but died in prison.

(And the Muslims kept coming back. Hell, they're still invading Europe! This time the Pope calls them martyrs and wishes them Feliz Ramadan.)


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