Episode #46 – What Went Down at the Siege of Vienna? (Part III)

The 1683 Siege of Vienna often gets described in apocalyptic terms. It has been characterized as the ultimate showdown between Christianity and Islam. There is no doubt that it was a dramatic and significant moment in European history, but should it be mythologized as the ultimate battle for the fate of European civilization? Tune in an find out how the Riders of Rohan, mole wars, and knights with freakin’ wings on their backs all play a role in the story.

Handy Dandy Map of Vienna during the siege.

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