The Holy League

an alliance of Roman Catholics formed in 1576 by influence of the Duke of Guise for the exclusion of Protestants from the throne of France.

See also: League

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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The Holy League established by Pope Julius II was set up against which country?
He later changed it to Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary after the Holy League defeated the Turks in the Battle of Lepanto, off the coast of Greece, in a place now called Naupactos.
In that same year, Henry joined the Holy League, a military alliance directed against France, and implemented an aggressive policy towards Scotland designed to curtail Scottish independence.
What was the name of the sea battle in 1571 when combined forces of the Holy League defeated the Ottoman Empire?
Pius V was a saint who had the reputation of a warrior because of the Holy League against the Turks; his implementation of the Council of Trent contributed to centralizing papal power.
Despite continued smaller conflicts at the Catholic-Muslim frontier, documents in the Vatican and in other collections indicate that the conclusion of the Holy League war in 1699 began the normalization of relations between the Ottoman Empire and the Catholic world generally.
In the Ionian Sea, closer in fact to Curzolaris than to Lepanto, the fleets of the Ottoman Empire and the Holy League clashed, and for the first time, the Christians won.
Aside from the plague, which ravaged Venice for most of 1575-77, Fenlon singles out three high points for exegesis: the formation in 1571 of the Holy League; the subsequent victory over the Ottoman Turks at Lepanto; and Henri III's visit to Venice in 1574.
For Konnert, somewhat surprisingly, since his book deals with what we are used to thinking of as the most radical stage of the wars, the real question is not why zealous Catholics rallied behind the Holy League but rather why the league seems to have had so little enthusiastic support in a region one might have thought would be its natural heartland.
Part 4, "Le temps des hostilities voilees (1568-1589)," begins with a chapter on the death of Elisabeth, followed by one on the crisis of the Portuguese succession and another on the Franco-Spanish cold war of sorts provoked by French support of the Dutch rebels, the death of Anjou (which made Henri de Bourbon, a Huguenot, the heir apparent), and the open alliance between Philip II and the Holy League. A conclusion looks briefly at the Franco-Spanish wars of the 1590s and the signing of the peace of Vervins in 1598.
The Christian navy, known as the fleet of the Holy League, sailed with the blessing of Pope Pius V who sanctified the war "waged under the protection of the golden figure of Christ." Anyone who died would bypass purgatory and go straight to heaven.
When Athens came under attack by the Venetian forces of the Holy League in 1687, Turks used the temple as an ammunition store and most of the east side was destroyed by a huge blast.