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Battle of Lepanto

Part of the Fourth Ottoman-Venetian War, Ottoman-Habsburg wars
Ottoman-Habsburg wars
and The Ottoman-Portuguese War

The Battle of Lepanto, unknown artist, late 16th century[1]

Date 7 October 1571

Location Gulf of Patras, Ionian Sea

Result Holy League victory[a][2]


Holy League:

 Republic of Venice Habsburg Spain Portugal Papal States  Republic of Genoa Knights of Malta Grand Duchy of Tuscany  Duchy of Savoy Duchy of Urbino Knights of Saint Lazarus Order of Saint Stephen

Ottoman Empire

Commanders and leaders

Holy League Navy:[3][4] Center:

John of Austria

Sebastiano Venier Marcantonio Colonna Pietro Giustiniani


Agostino Barbarigo †


Gianandrea Doria


Álvaro de Bazán

Ottoman Navy:[5][6] Center: Müezzinzade Ali Pasha † Right: Mahomet Sirocco † Left: Occhiali


212 ships[4]

6 galleasses 206 galleys

28,500 soldiers[7] 40,000 sailors and oarsmen[4] 1,815 guns[8]

278 ships

222 galleys 56 galliots

31,490 soldiers 50,000 sailors and oarsmen 750 guns[8]

Casualties and losses

10,000 dead[9] 17 galleys lost[10] 40,000 dead[9] 200 galleys sunk, burned, or captured 12,000 Christians freed

The Battle of Lepanto
Battle of Lepanto
was a naval engagement that took place on 7 October 1571 when a fleet of the Holy League, of which the Venetian Empire and the Spanish Empire
Spanish Empire
were the main powers, inflicted a major defeat on the fleet of the Ottoman Empire
Ottoman Empire
in the Gulf of Patras, where Ottoman forces sailing westward from their naval station in Lepanto (the Venetian name of ancient Naupactus
Ναύπακτος, Ottoman İnebahtı) met the fleet of the Holy League sailing east from Messina, Sicily. The Holy League was a coalition of European Catholic maritime states arranged by Pope Pius V
Pope Pius V
and led by Adm. John of Austria, as agreed between Philip II of Spain—who largely financed the League—and the Venetian Republic
Venetian Republic
(main contributor of ships)[11], as well as the Portuguese Empire
Portuguese Empire
since it was the main seapower in the century, beeing the first modern Global Empire.[12][13][14][15] The portuguese were also experienced in fighting the Ottoman Empire
Ottoman Empire
(and its allies) in the Indian Ocean as early as the century began, finally defeating it in The Ottoman-Portuguese War.[16][17] To this battle, Portugal
provided ships, menpower and cutting-edge naval technology.[18][19][20]. In the history of naval warfare, Lepanto marks the last major engagement in the Western world to be fought entirely, or almost entirely, between rowing vessels, the galleys and galeasses that were still the direct descendants of the ancient trireme warships. The battle was in essence an "infantry battle on floating platforms".[21] It was the largest naval battle in Western history since classical antiquity, involving more than 400 warships. Over the following decades, the increasing importance of the galleon and the line of battle tactic would displace the galley as the major warship of its era, marking the beginning of the "Age of Sail". The victory of the Holy League is of great importance in the history of Europe and of the Ottoman Empire, marking the turning-point of Ottoman military expansion into the Mediterranean, although the Ottoman wars in Europe
Ottoman wars in Europe
would continue for another century. It has long been compared to the Battle of Salamis, both for tactical parallels and for its crucial importance in the defense of Europe against imperial expansion.[22] It was also of great symbolic importance in a period when Europe was torn by its own wars of religion following the Protestant Reformation, strengthening the position of Philip II of Spain
as the "Most Catholic
King" and defender of Christendom
against Muslim incursion, although this was mitigated by the defeat of the Spanish Armada
Spanish Armada
by the Royal Navy
of England in 1588.[23]


1 Background 2 Deployment and order of battle 3 Battle 4 Aftermath 5 Legacy

5.1 Commemoration 5.2 Paintings 5.3 Modern literature

6 See also 7 Notes 8 References 9 Bibliography 10 External links

Background[edit] Main articles: Ottoman–Venetian War (1570–73)
Ottoman–Venetian War (1570–73)
and Holy League (1571)

The banner of the Holy League, flown by John of Austria
John of Austria
on his flagship Real. It is made of blue damask interwoven with gold thread, of a length of 7.3 m and a width of 4.4 m at the hoist. It displays the crucified Christ above the coats of arms of Pius V, of Venice, of Charles V, and of John of Austria. The coats of arms are linked by chains symbolizing the alliance.[24]

The Christian coalition had been promoted by Pope Pius V
Pope Pius V
to rescue the Venetian colony of Famagusta
on the island of Cyprus, which was being besieged by the Turks in early 1571 subsequent to the fall of Nicosia and other Venetian possessions in Cyprus
in the course of 1570. On 1 August the Venetians had surrendered after being reassured that they could leave Cyprus
freely. However, the Ottoman commander, Lala Kara Mustafa Pasha, who had lost some 50,000 men in the siege,[25] broke his word, imprisoning the Venetians. On 17 August Marco Antonio Bragadin was flayed alive and his corpse hung on Mustafa's galley together with the heads of the Venetian commanders, Astorre Baglioni, Alvise Martinengo and Gianantonio Querini. The members of the Holy League were the Republic of Venice, the Spanish Empire
Spanish Empire
(including the Kingdom of Naples, the Kingdoms of Sicily
and Sardinia as part of the Spanish possessions), the Papal States, the Republic of Genoa, the Duchies of Savoy, Urbino and Tuscany, the Knights Hospitaller
Knights Hospitaller
and others. The banner for the fleet, blessed by the Pope, reached the Kingdom of Naples (then ruled by the King of Spain) on 14 August 1571. There, in the Basilica of Santa Chiara, it was solemnly consigned to John of Austria, who had been named leader of the coalition after long discussions among the allies. The fleet moved to Sicily
and, leaving Messina, reached (after several stops) the port of Viscardo in Cephalonia, where news arrived of the fall of Famagusta
and of the torture inflicted by the Turks on the Venetian commander of the fortress, Marco Antonio Bragadin. All members of the alliance viewed the Ottoman navy as a significant threat, both to the security of maritime trade in the Mediterranean Sea and to the security of continental Europe itself. Spain
was the largest financial contributor, though the Spaniards preferred to preserve most of their galleys for Spain's own wars against the nearby sultanates of the Barbary Coast
Barbary Coast
rather than expend its naval strength for the benefit of Venice.[26][27] The combined Christian fleet was placed under the command of John of Austria
John of Austria
(Don Juan de Austria) with Marcantonio Colonna
Marcantonio Colonna
as his principal deputy. The various Christian contingents met the main force, that of Venice
(under Sebastiano Venier, later Doge of Venice), in July and August 1571 at Messina, Sicily. John of Austria
John of Austria
arrived on 23 August. Deployment and order of battle[edit]

See Battle of Lepanto order of battle
Battle of Lepanto order of battle
for a detailed list of ships and commanders involved in the battle.

Order of battle of the two fleets, with an allegory of the three powers of the Holy League in the foreground, fresco by Giorgio Vasari (1572, Sala Regia).[28]

The Christian fleet consisted of 206 galleys and six galleasses (large new galleys, developed by the Venetians, that carried substantial artillery) and was commanded by Spanish Adm. Don John of Austria, the illegitimate son of the Holy Roman Emperor Charles I of Spain
and V of the Holy Roman Empire, and half-brother of Philip II of Spain, supported by the Spanish commanders Don Luis de Requesens
Luis de Requesens
and Don Álvaro de Bazán, and Genoan commander Gianandrea Doria.[29][30] The Republic of Venice
Republic of Venice
contributed 109 galleys and six galleasses, 49 galleys came from the Spanish Empire
Spanish Empire
(including 26 from the Kingdom of Naples, the Kingdom of Sicily
and other Italian territories), 27 galleys of the Genoese fleet, seven galleys from the Papal States, five galleys from the Order of Saint Stephen
Order of Saint Stephen
and the Grand Duchy of Tuscany, three galleys each from the Duchy of Savoy
Duchy of Savoy
and the Knights of Malta and some privately owned galleys in Spanish service. This fleet of the Christian alliance was manned by 40,000 sailors and oarsmen. In addition, it carried approximately 20,000[31][32] fighting troops: 7,000 Spanish regular infantry of excellent quality,[33] 7,000 Germans and Croats, 6,000 Italian mercenaries in Spanish pay, all good troops,[34] in addition to 5,000 professional Venetian soldiers.[35] Also, Venetian oarsmen were mainly free citizens and able to bear arms, adding to the fighting power of their ship, whereas convicts were used to row many of the galleys in other Holy League squadrons.[36] Free oarsmen were generally acknowledged to be superior, but were gradually replaced in all galley fleets (including those of Venice
from 1549) during the 16th century by cheaper slaves, convicts and prisoners-of-war owing to rapidly rising costs.[37]

Depiction of the Ottoman Navy, detail from the painting by Tommaso Dolabella (1632)

. Ali Pasha, the Ottoman admiral (Kapudan-i Derya), supported by the corsairs Mehmed Siroco
Mehmed Siroco
(natively Mehmed Şuluk) of Alexandria
and Uluç Ali, commanded an Ottoman force of 222 war galleys, 56 galliots and some smaller vessels. The Turks had skilled and experienced crews of sailors but were significantly deficient in their elite corps of Janissaries. The number of oarsmen was about 37,000, virtually all of them slaves,[38] many of them Christians who had been captured in previous conquests and engagements.[36] The Ottoman galleys were manned by 13,000 experienced sailors—generally drawn from the maritime nations of the Ottoman Empire—mainly Berbers, Greeks, Syrians and Egyptians—and 34,000 soldiers.[39] An advantage for the Christians was the numerical superiority in guns and cannon aboard their ships, as well as the superior quality of the Spanish infantry.[30] It is estimated that the Christians had 1,815 guns, while the Turks had only 750 with insufficient ammunition.[8] The Christians embarked with their much improved arquebusier and musketeer forces, while the Ottomans trusted in their greatly feared composite bowmen.[40] The Christian fleet started from Messina
on 16 September, crossing the Adriatic and creeping along the coast, arriving at the group of rocky islets lying just north of the opening of the Gulf of Corinth on 6 October. Serious conflict had broken out between Venetian and Spanish soldiers, and Venier enraged Don Juan by hanging a Spanish soldier for impudence.[41] Despite bad weather, the Christian ships sailed south and, on 6 October, reached the port of Sami, Cephalonia
Sami, Cephalonia
(then also called Val d'Alessandria), where they remained for a while. Early on 7 October they sailed toward the Gulf of Patras, where they encountered the Ottoman fleet. While neither fleet had immediate strategic resources or objectives in the gulf, both chose to engage. The Ottoman fleet had an express order from the Sultan to fight, and John of Austria
John of Austria
found it necessary to attack in order to maintain the integrity of the expedition in the face of personal and political disagreements within the Holy League.[42] On the morning of 7 October, after the decision to offer battle was made, the Christian fleet formed up in four divisions in a north-south line:

At the northern end, closest to the coast, was the Left Division of 53 galleys, mainly Venetian, led by Agostino Barbarigo (admiral), with Marco Querini and Antonio da Canale in support. The Centre Division consisted of 62 galleys under John of Austria himself in his Real, along with Marcantonio Colonna
Marcantonio Colonna
commanding the papal flagship, Venier commanding the Venetian flagship, Paolo Giordano I Orsini and Pietro Giustiniani, prior of Messina, commanding the flagship of the Knights of Malta. The Right Division to the south consisted of another 53 galleys under the Genoese Giovanni Andrea Doria, great-nephew of admiral Andrea Doria. A Reserve Division was stationed behind (that is, to the west of) the main fleet, to lend support wherever it might be needed, commanded by Álvaro de Bazán.

One of the Venetian Galleasses at Lepanto (1851 drawing, after a 1570s painting).

Two galleasses, which had side-mounted cannon, were positioned in front of each main division for the purpose, according to Miguel de Cervantes (who served on the galley Marquesa during the battle), of preventing the Turks from sneaking in small boats and sapping, sabotaging or boarding the Christian vessels. This reserve division consisted of 38 galleys—30 behind the Centre Division and four behind each wing. A scouting group was formed, from two Right Wing and six Reserve Division galleys. As the Christian fleet was slowly turning around Point Scropha, Doria's Right Division, at the offshore side, was delayed at the start of the battle and the Right's galleasses did not get into position. The Ottoman fleet consisted of 57 galleys and two galliots on its right under Mehmed Siroco, 61 galleys and 32 galliots in the center under Ali Pasha in the Sultana and about 63 galleys and 30 galliots in the south offshore under Uluç Ali. A small reserve consisted of eight galleys, 22 galliots and 64 fustas, behind the center body. Ali Pasha is supposed to have told his Christian galley slaves, "If I win the battle, I promise you your liberty. If the day is yours, then God has given it to you." John of Austria, more laconically, warned his crew, "There is no paradise for cowards."[43] Battle[edit] The lookout on the Real sighted the Turkish van at dawn of 7 October. Don Juan called a council of war and decided to offer battle. He travelled through his fleet in a swift sailing vessel, exhorting his officers and men to do their utmost. The Sacrament was administered to all, the galley slaves were freed from their chains, and the standard of the Holy League was raised to the truck of the flagship.[41]

Plan of the Battle (formation of the fleets just before contact)[44]

The wind was at first against the Christians, and it was feared that the Turks would be able to make contact before a line of battle could be formed. But around noon, shortly before contact, the wind shifted to favour the Christians, enabling most of the squadrons to reach their assigned position before contact. Four galeasses stationed in front of the Christian battle line opened fire at close quarters at the foremost Turkish galleys, confusing their battle array in the crucial moment of contact. Around noon, first contact was made between the squadrons of Barbarigo's and Sirocco, close to the northern shore of the Gulf. Barbarigo had attempted to stay so close to the shore as to prevent Sirocco from surrounding him, but Sirocco, knowing the depth of the waters, managed to still insert galleys between Barbarigo's line and the coast. In the ensuing mêlée, the ships came so close to each other as to form an almost continuous platform of hand-to-hand fighting in which both leaders were killed. The Christian galley slaves freed from the Turkish ships were supplied with arms and joined in the fighting, turning the battle in favour of the Christian side.[45]

Fresco in the Vatican's Gallery of Maps

Meanwhile, the centers clashed with such force that Ali Pasha's galley drove into the Real as far as the fourth rowing bench, and hand-to-hand fighting commenced around the two flagships, between the Spanish tercio infantry and the Turkish janissaries. When the Real was nearly taken, Colonna came alongside with the bow of his galley and mounted a counter-attack. With the help of Colonna, the Turks were pushed off the Real and the Turkish flagship was boarded and swept. The entire crew of Ali Pasha's flagship was killed, including Ali Pasha himself. The banner of the Holy League was hoisted on the captured ship, breaking the morale of the Turkish galleys nearby. After two hours of fighting, the Turks were beaten left and center, although fighting continued for another two hours.[46] A flag taken at Lepanto by the Knights of Saint Stephen, said to be the standard of the Turkish commander, is still on display, in the Church of the seat of the Order in Pisa.[47] On the Christian right, the situation was different, as Doria continued sailing towards the south instead of taking his assigned position. He would explain his conduct after the battle by saying that he was trying to prevent an enveloping maneuver by the Turkish left. But Doria's captains were enraged, interpreting their commander's signals as a sign of treachery. When Doria had opened a wide gap with the Christian center, Uluç Ali
Uluç Ali
swung around and fell on Colonna's southern flank, with Doria too far away to interfere. Ali attacked a group of some fifteen galleys around the flagship of the Knights of Malta, threatening to break into the Christian center and still turn the tide of the battle. This was prevented by the arrival of the reserve squadron of Santa Cruz. Uluç Ali
Uluç Ali
was forced to retreat, escaping the battle with the captured flag of the Knights of Malta. Isolated fighting continued until the evening. Even after the battle had clearly turned against the Turks, groups of janissaries kept fighting to the last. It is said that at some point the Janissaries ran out of weapons and started throwing oranges and lemons at their Christian adversaries, leading to awkward scenes of laughter among the general misery of battle.[8] At the end of the battle, the Christians had taken 117 galleys and 20 galliots, and sunk or destroyed some 50 other ships. Around ten thousand Turks were taken prisoner, and many thousands of Christian slaves were rescued. The Christian side suffered around 7,500 deaths, the Turkish side about 30,000.[48] Aftermath[edit] Further information: Territorial evolution of the Ottoman Empire

The Victors of Lepanto, John of Austria, Marcantonio Colonna
Marcantonio Colonna
and Sebastiano Venier
Sebastiano Venier
(anonymous oil painting, c. 1575, formerly in Ambras Castle, now Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna)

The engagement was a significant defeat for the Ottomans, who had not lost a major naval battle since the fifteenth century.[49] However, the Holy League failed to capitalize on the victory, and while the Ottoman defeat has often been cited as the historical turning-point initiating the eventual stagnation of Ottoman territorial expansion, this was by no means an immediate consequence; even though the Christian victory at Lepanto confirmed the de facto division of the Mediterranean, with the eastern half under firm Ottoman control and the western under the Habsburgs and their Italian allies, halting the Ottoman encroachment on Italian territories, the Holy League did not regain any territories that had been lost to the Ottomans prior to Lepanto.[50] The Ottomans were quick to rebuild their navy.[51] By 1572, about six months after the defeat, more than 150 galleys, 8 galleasses, and in total 250 ships had been built, including eight of the largest capital ships ever seen in the Mediterranean.[52] With this new fleet the Ottoman Empire
Ottoman Empire
was able to reassert its supremacy in the Eastern Mediterranean.[53] Sultan Selim II's Chief Minister, the Grand Vizier Mehmed Sokullu, even boasted to the Venetian emissary Marcantonio Barbaro that the Christian triumph at Lepanto caused no lasting harm to the Ottoman Empire, while the capture of Cyprus
by the Ottomans in the same year was a significant blow, saying that:

You come to see how we bear our misfortune. But I would have you know the difference between your loss and ours. In wresting Cyprus
from you, we deprived you of an arm; in defeating our fleet, you have only shaved our beard. An arm when cut off cannot grow again; but a shorn beard will grow all the better for the razor.[54]

In 1572, the allied Christian fleet resumed operations and faced a renewed Ottoman navy of 200 vessels under Kılıç Ali Pasha, but the Ottoman commander actively avoided engaging the allied fleet and headed for the safety of the fortress of Modon. The arrival of the Spanish squadron of 55 ships evened the numbers on both sides and opened the opportunity for a decisive blow, but friction among the Christian leaders and the reluctance of Don Juan squandered the opportunity.[55] Pius V died on 1 May 1572. The diverging interests of the League members began to show, and the alliance began to unravel. In 1573, the Holy League fleet failed to sail altogether; instead, Don Juan attacked and took Tunis, only for it to be retaken by the Ottomans in 1574. Venice, fearing the loss of her Dalmatian possessions and a possible invasion of Friuli, and eager to cut her losses and resume the trade with the Ottoman Empire, initiated unilateral negotiations with the Porte.[56]

Jacopo Ligozzi, The Return of the Knights of Saint Stephen from the Battle of Lepanto
Battle of Lepanto
(c. 1610, Santo Stefano dei Cavalieri, Pisa)

The Holy League was disbanded with the peace treaty of 7 March 1573, which concluded the War of Cyprus. Venice
was forced to accept loser's terms in spite of the victory at Lepanto. Cyprus
was formally ceded to the Ottoman Empire, and Venice
agreed to pay an indemnity of 300,000 ducats. In addition, the border between the two powers in Dalmatia was modified by the Turkish occupation of small but important parts of the hinterland that included the most fertile agricultural areas near the cities, with adverse effects on the economy of the Venetian cities in Dalmatia.[57] Peace would hold between the two states until the Cretan War of 1645.[58] In 1574, the Ottomans retook the strategic city of Tunis
from the Spanish-supported Hafsid
dynasty, which had been re-installed after John of Austria's forces reconquered the city from the Ottomans the year before. Thanks to the long-standing Franco-Ottoman alliance, the Ottomans were able to resume naval activity in the western Mediterranean. In 1576, the Ottomans assisted in Abdul Malik's capture of Fez – this reinforced the Ottoman indirect conquests in Morocco that had begun under Suleiman the Magnificent. The establishment of Ottoman suzerainty over the area placed the entire southern coast of the Mediterranean from the Straits of Gibraltar
Straits of Gibraltar
to Greece under Ottoman authority, with the exceptions of the Spanish-controlled trading city of Oran
and strategic settlements such as Melilla
and Ceuta. But after 1580, the Ottoman Empire
Ottoman Empire
could no longer compete with the advances in European naval technology, especially the development of the galleon and line of battle tactics used in the Spanish Navy.[59] Spanish success in the Mediterranean continued into the first half of the 17th century. Spanish ships attacked the Anatolian coast, defeating larger Ottoman fleets at the Battle of Cape Celidonia and the Battle of Cape Corvo. Larache
and La Mamora, in the Moroccan Atlantic coast, and the island of Alhucemas, in the Mediterranean, were taken (although Larache
and La Mamora
La Mamora
were lost again later in the 17th century). Ottoman expansion in the 17th century shifted to land war with Austria on one hand, culminating in the Great Turkish War of 1683–1699, and to the war with Safavid Persia on the other. Legacy[edit] Commemoration[edit]

Battle of Lepanto
Battle of Lepanto
by Martin Rota, 1572 print, Venice

The Holy League credited the victory to the Virgin Mary, whose intercession with God they had implored for victory through the use of the Rosary. Andrea Doria
Andrea Doria
had kept a copy of the miraculous image of Our Lady of Guadalupe
Our Lady of Guadalupe
given to him by King Philip II of Spain
in his ship's state room.[60] Pope Pius V
Pope Pius V
instituted a new Catholic
feast day of Our Lady of Victory to commemorate the battle, which is now celebrated by the Catholic Church
Catholic Church
as the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary.[61] Dominican friar Juan Lopez in his 1584 book on the rosary states that the feast of the rosary was offered "in memory and in perpetual gratitude of the miraculous victory that the Lord gave to his Christian people that day against the Turkish armada".[62] A piece of commemorative music composed after the victory is the motet Canticum Moysis (Song of Moses Exodus 15) Pro victoria navali contra Turcas by the Spanish composer based in Rome
Fernando de las Infantas.[63] The other piece of music is Jacobus de Kerle "Cantio octo vocum de sacro foedere contra Turcas" 1572 (Song in Eight Voices on the Holy League Against the Turks), in the opinion of Pettitt (2006) an "exuberantly militaristic" piece celebrating the victory.[64] There were celebrations and festivities with triumphs and pageants at Rome
and Venice
with Turkish slaves in chains.[65] Spanish poet Fernando de Herrera
Fernando de Herrera
wrote the poem "Canción en alabanza de la divina majestad por la victoria del Señor Don Juan" in 1572. King James VI of Scotland published in 1591 a poem of about 1,000 lines celebrating this Christian victory.[66] Paintings[edit]

Felipe II offers Prince Fernando to Victory by Titian, c. 1572–1575, Museo del Prado, Madrid

There are many pictorial representations of the battle. Prints of the order of battle appeared in Venice
and Rome
in 1571,[67] and numerous paintings were commissioned, including one in the Doge's Palace, Venice, by Andrea Vicentino
Andrea Vicentino
on the walls of the Sala dello Scrutinio, which replaced Tintoretto's Victory of Lepanto, destroyed by fire in 1577. Titian
painted the battle in the background of an allegorical work showing Philip II of Spain
holding his infant son, Don Fernando, his male heir born shortly after the victory, on 4 December 1571. An angel descends from heaven bearing a palm branch with a motto for Fernando, who is held up by Philip: "Majora tibi" (may you achieve greater deeds; Fernando died as a child, in 1578).[68] The Allegory of the Battle of Lepanto
Battle of Lepanto
(c. 1572, oil on canvas, 169 x 137 cm, Gallerie dell'Accademia, Venice) is a painting by Paolo Veronese. The lower half of the painting shows the events of the battle, whilst at the top a female personification of Venice
is presented to the Virgin Mary, with Saint Roch, Saint Peter, Saint Justina, Saint Mark
Saint Mark
and a group of angels in attendance. A painting by Wenceslas Cobergher, dated to the end of the 16th century, now in San Domenico Maggiore, shows what is interpreted as a victory procession in Rome
on the return of admiral Colonna. On the stairs of Saint Peter's Basilica, Pius V is visible in front of a kneeling figure, identified as Marcantonio Colonna
Marcantonio Colonna
returning the standard of the Holy League to the pope. On high is the Madonna and child with victory palms.[69] Tommaso Dolabella
Tommaso Dolabella
painted his The Battle of Lepanto
Battle of Lepanto
in c. 1625–1630 on the commission of Stanisław Lubomirski, commander of the Polish left wing in the Battle of Khotyn (1621). The monumental painting (3.05 m × 6.35 m) combines the Polish victory procession following this battle with the backdrop of the Battle of Lepanto. It was later owned by the Dominicans of Poznań
and since 1927 has been on display in Wawel Castle, Cracow.[70] The Battle of Lepanto
Battle of Lepanto
by Juan Luna
Juan Luna
(1887) is displayed at the Spanish Senate in Madrid.

The Allegory of the Battle of Lepanto
Battle of Lepanto
by Paolo Veronese
Paolo Veronese
(c. 1572, Gallerie dell'Accademia, Venice)

The Battle of Lepanto
Battle of Lepanto
by Andrea Vicentino
Andrea Vicentino
(c. 1600, Doge's Palace, Venice)

The Battle of Lepanto
Battle of Lepanto
by Tommaso Dolabella
Tommaso Dolabella
(c. 1625–1630, Wawel Castle, Cracow)

The Battle of Lepanto
Battle of Lepanto
by Andries van Eertvelt (1640)

The Battle of Lepanto
Battle of Lepanto
by Juan Luna
Juan Luna
(1887, Spanish Senate, Madrid)

Modern literature[edit] The English author G. K. Chesterton
G. K. Chesterton
wrote a poem Lepanto, first published in 1911 and republished many times since. It provides a series of poetic visions of the major characters in the battle, particularly the leader of the Christian forces, Don Juan of Austria. It closes with verses linking Miguel de Cervantes, who fought in the battle, with the "lean and foolish knight" he would later immortalize in Don Quixote. Miguel de Cervantes
Miguel de Cervantes
lost the use of an arm in this battle and therefore he is known as el manco de Lepanto (the one-armed man of Lepanto) in the Hispanic world. Emilio Salgari
Emilio Salgari
devoted two of his historical novels, Capitan Tempesta ("Captain Tempest", 1905) and Il Leone di Damasco ("The Lion of Damascus", 1910), to the siege of Famagusta
and the Battle of Lepanto. The novels were adapted in two films by Corrado D'Errico
Corrado D'Errico
in 1942.[71] See also[edit]

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Ottoman–Habsburg wars

Hungary and the Balkans

Mohács (1526) Hungarian Campaign (1527–28) Croatia (1527-93) Balkans (1529) Vienna (1529) Little War in Hungary (1530–52) Klis (1536–37) Temesvár (1552) Eger (1552) Szigetvár (1566) Long War (1593–1606) Bocskai insurrection (1604–1606) Austro-Turkish War (1663–64) Great Turkish War (1683–1699) Austro-Turkish War (1716–18) Austro-Russian–Turkish War (1735–39) Austro-Turkish War (1787–91)


Cephalonia (1500) Balearics (1501) Pantelleria (1515) Algiers (1516) Tlemcen (1517) Algiers (1529) Formentera (1529) Coron (1532-34) Tunis (1535) Mahón (1535) Preveza (1538) Castelnuovo (1539) Girolata (1540) Alborán (1540) Algiers (1541) Nice (1543) Mahdiye (1550) Gozo (1551) Tripoli (1551) Ponza (1552) Corsica (1553-59) Bougie (1555) Oran (1556) Balearics (1558) Mostaganem (1558) Djerba (1560) Orán and Mers-el-Kébir (1563) Vélez de la Gomera (1564) Malta (1565) Lepanto (1571) Tunis (1574) Fez (1576) Cape Corvo (1613) Żejtun (1614) Cape Celidonia (1616)

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Fourth Ottoman–Venetian War

Nicosia (1570) Famagusta (1570–71) Lepanto (1571)

Military history
Military history
of the Ottoman Empire
Ottoman Empire

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^ National Maritime Museum
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BHC0261, based on a 1572 print by Martino Rota. ^ a b Hattendorf & King 2013, p. 32. ^ Drane, Augusta Theodosia (1858). The Knights of st. John: with The battle of Lepanto and Siege of Vienna. London.  ^ a b c Konstam, Angus (2003). Lepanto 1571: The Greatest Naval Battle Of The Renaissance. United Kingdom: Osprey Publishing. pp. 20–23. ISBN 1-84176-409-4. Retrieved August 29, 2012.  ^ George Ripley and Charles A. Dana (1867). The new American cyclopaedia: Volume 10. New York.  ^ Setton, Kenneth Meyer (1984). The Papacy and the Levant, 1204–1571, Volume 161. Philadelphia.  ^ Rodgers, William Ledyard (1939). Naval Warfare Under Oars, 4th to 16th Centuries: A Study of Strategy, Tactics and Ship Design. United States: Naval Institute Press. p. 175. ISBN 978-0-87021-487-5.  ^ a b c d Geoffrey Parker, The Military Revolution, pp. 87 – 88 ^ a b Nolan, Cathal (2006). The Age of Wars of Religion, 1000-1650: Encyclopedia of Global Warfare and Civilization, Volume 2. Greenwood Publishing Group. p. 529.  ^ Confrontation at Lepanto by T.C.F. Hopkins, intro ^ Paul K. Davis, 100 Decisive Battles: From Ancient Times to the Present" ^ Marshman, John Clark (2010-11-18). History of India from the Earliest Period to the Close of the East India Company's Government. Cambridge University Press. ISBN 9781108021043.  ^ Modelski, George; Thompson, William R. (1988-06-18). Seapower in Global Politics, 1494–1993. Springer. ISBN 9781349091546.  ^ Crowley, Roger (2015-12-01). Conquerors: How Portugal
Forged the First Global Empire. Random House Publishing Group. ISBN 9780812994018.  ^ Paine, Lincoln (2014-02-06). The Sea and Civilization: A Maritime History of the World. Atlantic Books. ISBN 9781782393573.  ^ Casale, Giancarlo (2010-02-25). The Ottoman Age of Exploration. Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780199798797.  ^ Lee, Wayne E. (2016). Waging War: Conflict, Culture, and Innovation in World History. Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780199797455.  ^ Horowitz, Irving (2018-02-06). Culture and Civilization. Routledge. ISBN 9781351524438.  ^ Horowitz, Irving (2018-02-06). Culture and Civilization. Routledge. ISBN 9781351524438.  ^ Chesterton, G. K. (2012-06-06). Lepanto. Ignatius Press. ISBN 9781681492926.  ^ William Stevens, History of Sea Power (1920), p. 83. ^ see e.g. William Stevens, History of Sea Power (1920), p. 83; Frederick A. de Armas, Cervantes, Raphael and the Classics (1998), p. 87. ^ "Philip II, the 'Most Catholic
King', became the champion of Catholicism throughout Europe, a role that led him to spectacular victories and equally spectacular defeats. Spain's leadership of a 'holy league' against Turkish enroachments in the Mediterranean resulted in a stunning victory over the Turkish fleet in the Battle of Lepanto in 1571. Philip's greatest misfortunes came from his attempts to crush the revolt in the Netherlands and his tortured relations with Queen Elizabeth of England." Jackson J. Spielvogel (2012). Western Civilization: A Brief History, Volume II: Since 1500, 8th ed. Cengage Learning. p. 293. . "More than a military victory, Lepanto was a moral one. For decades, the Ottoman Turks had terrified Europe, and the victories of Suleiman the Magnificent
Suleiman the Magnificent
caused Christian Europe serious concern. The defeat at Lepanto further exemplified the rapid deterioration of Ottoman might under Selim, and Christians rejoiced at this setback for the infidels. The mystique of Ottoman power was tarnished significantly by this battle, and Christian Europe was heartened." Paul K. Davis (1999). 100 Decisive Battles: From Ancient Times to the Present. Oxford U.P. p. 199.  ^ The image shown is a reproduction of an 1888 watercolor drawn from a copy of the banner in the Museo Naval in Madrid. The original is kept in the Museo de Santa Cruz in Toledo. The banner was given to Toledo Cathedral in 1616. It was moved to the Museo de Santa Cruz in 1961. F. Javier Campos y Fernández de Sevilla, "CERVANTES, LEPANTO Y EL ESCORIAL" ^ Goffman (2002), p. 158 ^ Stevens (1942), p. 61 ^ Setton (1984), p. 1047. Meyer Setton, Kenneth: The Papacy and the Levant, 1204–1571, Vol. IV. Philadelphia: American Philosophical Society, 1984. ISBN 978-0-87169-162-0, p. 1047. ^ Rick Scorza, "Vasari's Lepanto Frescoes: Apparati, Medals, Prints and the Celebration of Victory", Journal of the Warburg and Courtauld Institutes 75 (2012), 141–200 ^ Konstam, Angus (2003). Lepanto 1571: The Greatest Naval Battle Of The Renaissance. United Kingdom: Osprey Publishing. p. 23. ISBN 1-84176-409-4. Retrieved August 29, 2012.  ^ a b Stevens (1942), pp. 66–69 ^ ISBN 1861899467, p. 70 ^ ISBN 0-306-81544-3, p. 225 ^ Stevens (1942), p. 67 ^ Setton (1984), p. 1026 ^ Konstam (2003), p. 20 ^ a b John F. Guilmartin (1974), pp. 222 – 25 ^ The first regularly sanctioned use of convicts as oarsmen on Venetian galleys did not occur until 1549. re Tenenti, Cristoforo da Canal, pp. 83, 85. See Tenenti, Piracy and the Decline of Venice (Berkeley, 1967), pp. 124–25, for Cristoforo da Canal's comments on the tactical effectiveness of free oarsmen c. 1587 though he was mainly concerned with their higher cost. Ismail Uzuncarsili, Osmanli Devletenin Merkez ve Bahriye Teskilati (Ankara, 1948), p. 482, cites a squadron of 41 Ottoman galleys in 1556 of which the flagship and two others were rowed by Azabs, salaried volunteer light infantrymen, three were rowed by slaves and the remaining 36 were rowed by salaried mercenary Greek oarsmen. ^ Konstam (2003), pp. 20–21 ^ Stevens (1942), p. 63 ^ Keegan, John, A History of Warfare (1993), p. 337. ^ a b William Oliver Stevens and Allan F. Westcott, A History of Sea Power, 1920, p. 103. ^ Glete, Jan: Warfare at Sea, 1500–1650: Maritime Conflicts and the Transformation of Europe. Routledge. 2000. p. 105. Retrieved from Ebrary. ^ Stevens (1942), p. 64 ^ after a figure from William Oliver Stevens and Allan F. Westcott, A History of Sea Power, 1920, p. 106. ^ William Oliver Stevens and Allan F. Westcott, A History of Sea Power, 1920, p. 104. ^ William Oliver Stevens and Allan F. Westcott, A History of Sea Power, 1920, pp. 105–06. ^ [1], "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-01-07. Retrieved 2009-03-19.  ^ William Oliver Stevens and Allan F. Westcott, A History of Sea Power, 1920, p. 107. ^ Wheatcroft 2004, pp. 33–34 ^ Abulafia, David (2012). The Great Sea: A Human History of the Mediterranean. Penguin Books. p. 451. . "This Turkish defeat stopped Ottomans' expansion into the Mediterranean, thus maintaining western dominance, and confidence grew in the west that Turks, previously unstoppable, could be beaten" Davis, Paul K. 100 Decisive Battles: From Ancient Times to the Present (1999), p. 194. ^ Keegan, A History of Warfare (1993), p. 337. ^ J. Norwich, A History of Venice, 490 ^ L. Kinross, The Ottoman Centuries: The Rise and Fall of the Turkish Empire, 272 ^ Wheatcroft 2004, p. 34 ^ * Guilmartin, John F. (2003). Galleons and Galleys: Gunpowder and the Changing Face of Warfare at Sea, 1300–1650. Cassell. pp. 149–50.  ^ Finkel, Caroline (2006). Osman's Dream: The Story of the Ottoman Empire 1300–1923. London: John Murray. p. 161.  Setton, Kenneth M. (1984). The Papacy and the Levant (1204–1571), Vol. IV: The Sixteenth Century. Memoirs of the American Philosophical Society. pp. 1093–95.  ^ Raukar, Tomislav (November 1977). "Venecija i ekonomski razvoj Dalmacije u XV i XVI stoljeću". Journal – Institute of Croatian History (in Croatian). Zagreb, Croatia: Faculty of Philosophy, Zagreb. 10 (1): 221. ISSN 0353-295X. Retrieved 2012-07-08.  ^ Finkel (2006), p. 222 ^ "After 1580, there was a growing distaste for maritime ventures; the Ottoman fleet lay rotting in the still waters of the Horn." Roger Crowley, "Empires of the Sea: The siege of Malta, the battle of Lepanto and the contest for the center of the world", publisher Random House, 2008, p. 287. ^ Badde, Paul. Maria von Guadalupe. Wie das Erscheinen der Jungfrau Weltgeschichte schrieb. ISBN 3-548-60561-3.  ^ Alban Butler, Butler's Lives Of The Saints (1999), p. 222. See also EWTN
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(1571) [2]. ^ Libro en que se tratea de la importancia y exercicio del santo rosario, Zaragoza: Domingo Portonariis y Ursino (1584), cited after Lorenzo F. Candelaria, The Rosary
Cantoral: Ritual and Social Design in a Chantbook from Early Renaissance Toledo, University Rochester Press (2008), p. 109. ^ Stevenson, R. Chapter 'Other church masters' section 14. 'Infantas' in Spanish Cathedral Music in the Golden Age pp. 316–18. ^ Stephen Pettitt, 'Classical: New Releases: Jacobus De Kerle: Da Pacem Domine', Sunday Times, Jan 2006. ^ See Rick Scorza's article in The Slave in European Art: From Renaissance Trophy to Abolitionist Emblem, ed Elizabeth McGrath and Jean Michel Massing, London (The Warburg Institute) and Turin 2012. ^ "War and Peace in 'The Lepanto' of James VI and I", Robert Appelbaum, Modern Philology, Vol. 97, No. 3 (Feb, 2000), pp. 333–63 ^ anonymous chalcography, 1571, Museo Civico Correr, Museo di Storia Navale, Venice; Vero retratto del armata Christiana et Turchesca in ordinanza […] dove li nostri ebero la gloriosa vitoria tra Lepanto […], 1571; Il vero ordine et modo tenuto dalle Chistiana et turchescha nella bataglia, che fu all. 7. Ottobrio […], Venice
1571, Museo di Storia Navale, Venice; Agostino Barberigo, L' ultimo Et vero Ritrato Di la vitoria de L'armata Cristiana de la santissima liga Contre a L'armata Turcheschà […], 1571. Antonio Lafreri , L’ordine tenuto dall’armata della santa Lega Christiana contro il Turcho […], n'e seguita la felicissima Vittoria li sette d'Ottobre MDLXXI […], Rome, 1571 (bnf.fr). Bernhard Jobin, Mercklicher Schiffstreit /und Schlachtordnung beyder Christlichjen / und Türckischen Armada / wie sich die jüngst den 7. Oktob. 71. Jar verloffen / eigentlich fürgerissen / und warhafftig beschrieben, Strasbourg, 1572; cited after Rudolph (2012). ^ Robert Enggass and Jonathan Brown, Italian and Spanish Art, 1600–1750: Sources and Documents (1992), p. 213. ^ Flemish Masters and Other Artists: Foreign Artists from the Heritage of the Fondo Edifici Di Culto Del Ministero Dell'interno (2008), p. 83. ^ Anna Misiag-Bochenska, Historia obrazu Tomasza Dolabelli " Bitwa pod Lepanto " ", Nautologia 3.1/2 (1968/9), 64–65. Krystyna Fabijańska-Przybytko, Morze w malarstwie polskim (1990), p. 104. Gino Benzoni, Il Mediterraneo Nella Seconda Metà Del '500 Alla Luce Di Lepanto (1974), p. 31. ^ D'Errico, Corrado. "Capitan Tempesta". www.imdb.com. Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 8 October 2014.  D'Errico, Corrado. "Il Leone Di Damasco". www.imdb.com. Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 8 October 2014. 


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1571, pbk., Phoenix, London, 2004, ISBN 1-84212-753-5 Capponi, Niccolò (2006). Victory of the West:The Great Christian-Muslim Clash at the Battle of Lepanto. Da Capo Press. ISBN 0-306-81544-3.  Braudel, Fernand. The Mediterranean in the Age of Philip II. (vol 2 1972), the classic history by the leader of the French Annales School; excerpt and text search vol 2 pp 1088–1142 Chesterton, G. K. Lepanto with Explanatory Notes and Commentary, Dale Ahlquist, ed. (San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 2003). ISBN 1-58617-030-9 Clissold, Stephen (1966). A short history of Yugoslavia. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 0-521-04676-9.  Cakir, İbrahim Etem, "Lepanto War and Some Informatıon on the Reconstructıon of The Ottoman Fleet", Turkish Studies – International Periodical For The Language Literature and History of Turkish or Turkic, Volume 4/3 Spring 2009, pp. 512–31 Cook, M.A. (ed.), "A History of the Ottoman Empire
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Great Siege of Malta
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Rebellion of the Alpujarras (1568–71)
(1568–71) Battle of Lepanto
Battle of Lepanto
(1571) Conquest of Tunis
(1574) Capture of Fez (1576) Battle of Alcácer Quibir
Battle of Alcácer Quibir

17th century

Expulsion of the Moriscos
Expulsion of the Moriscos
(1609) Raid of Żejtun
Raid of Żejtun
(1614) Battle of Cape Corvo
Battle of Cape Corvo
(1615) Turkish Abductions
Turkish Abductions
(1627) Sack of Baltimore (1631) Cretan War (1645–1669) Action of March 1665 Morean War
Morean War
(1684-1699) Sieges of Ceuta
(1694–1727) Battle of the Oinousses Islands (1695)

18th century

Spanish conquest of Oran
(1732) Action of 28 November 1751 Danish-Algerian War
Danish-Algerian War
(1769-1772) Siege of Melilla
(1774) Invasion of Algiers (1775) Bombardment of Algiers (1783) Bombardment of Algiers (1784) Action of 16 May 1797 First Barbary War
First Barbary War
(1801–1805) Second Barbary War
Second Barbary War

19th century

Bombardment of Algiers (1816) Invasion of Algiers (1830)


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