February 6th Trivia Solution

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In 1683, the Ottoman forces of the Sultan Mohammed IV laid siege to Vienna, capital of the Austrian Hapsburg family empire and the last bastion against the advancing tide of Islam. Which Polish king led the relieving force that raised the siege and saved the city?

Correct answer:

  • John III Sobieski

Incorrect answers:
  • Augustus II
  • Sigismund III
  • John II Casimir

Interesting Info:
  • John III Sobieski (1629-1696) was hailed as a Christian hero for stemming the tide of Islam. He had gathered together an allied army of various nationalities and marched them so quickly to Vienna that he completely surprised Kara Mustafa and his Turkish soldiers. Mustafa, not wanting to be trapped between the walls of the city and the new Christian army, ordered the retreat. The retreat was so sudden that the Turks left a large amount of their supplies and weaponry. So much coffee was found that the first Viennese coffee shops were opened. To commemorate the victory the French chefs in the city invented the croissant (that represented the crescent of Islam).

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