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. Credit: Daniel Schultz (Public domain)
. Credit: Daniel Schultz (Public domain)
In 1683, John Sobieski's military brilliance drove the invading Turks back from the walls of Vienna, altering forever the history of central Europe. He soon announced victory to the pope. "I came, I saw..." he declared. And? "God conquered." [A play, of course, on Caesar's famous remark: "I came, I saw, I conquered" (Veni, vidi, vici).]
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Frederick III and Eleanor of Portugal
Frederick III and Eleanor of Portugal
The Holy Roman Emperor Frederick III (1415 – 1493), the first emperor of the House of Habsburg, delighted in trivialities. According to historian Ernest Henderson, "a memorandum book that he has left behind is full of feeble plays upon words and of household recipes, estimates, and inventories. An ardent collector of jewels, he would sit and play with them by the hour; he dabbled in astrology, astronomy, palmistry, and transfusion of metals. Especially fond of fruit, he is said to have fixed his residence near Vienna, simply because the pears were plentiful."