Pope Pius V Urges Creation of Holy League to Fight Turkish Expansion

Pope Pius V Urges Creation of Holy League to Fight Turkish Expansion

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The Holy League is created at the urging of Pope Pius V. This union of European powers is a Christian fighting force designed to combat the growing threat of Turkish expansion, particularly in the eastern Mediterranean.

The members of the Holy League include: the Papal States, the Habsburg states of Spain, Naples and Sicily, the Republic of Genoa, the Republic of Venice, the Grand Duchy of Tuscany, the Duchies of Savoy, Parma and Urbino, and the Knights of Malta.

The Holy League will be victorious in its only real military engagement, the Battle of Lepanto in October 1571. The Ottoman fleet is annihilated and in 1573 a peace treaty with the Ottoman empire puts an end to the Holy League.

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