Monthly Archives: June 2021

The Bridge over the Drina

In my last post I mentioned dev┼čirme, or “blood tax”, the practice the Ottomans used for centuries to recruit future soldiers — janissaries — and bureaucrats from their Christian subjects. For two centuries, from the 1400s to 1600s, the blood … Continue reading

Posted in Home | Leave a comment

Wings of Courage

I’ve always been drawn to fictional battles, brave fighters, heroic deeds, swords, banners, armors, horses… The Battle of Helm’s Deep from the LOTR trilogy never ceases to give me goosebumps (“Theoden king stands alone.” “Not Alone! Rohirrim! To the king!”), … Continue reading

Posted in Home | Tagged , , , , | 6 Comments