The Power of Images

The nightmare image of the black flag of ISIS flying over St. Peter’s no doubt evokes in the minds of many Europeans with long memories the image of the crescent moon in the Ottoman flag.

In honour of Price Eugene of Savoy, who ended the siege, legend has it that the Viennese invented a pastry inspired by the crescent moon.

That invention evolved into the croissant universally enjoyed by Europeans and non-Europeans alike, with or without long memories.

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7 responses to “The Power of Images

  1. It’s interesting that you attribute to Prince Eugene the end of the siege of Vienna during which the forerunner of the croissant was invented. Many claim the Polish king Jan Sobieski should get the credit for the 1683 victory over the Turks.

  2. Josef Eisinger

    I beg to correct you, Eric, but it was not Prince Eugene who lifted the siege of Vienn, but the Polish King Sobieski. The prince did however pursue the Turks and captured Belgrade as every Viennese schoolboy learns.

  3. Will Tim Horton’s or some other culinary force immortalize Stephen Harper for his role battling ISIS with Bill C51 with a banal pastry?

    We should also remember Charles Martel who, in 732, defeated the Islamic hoards near Poitiers, France. Being French, I am sure a “Martel” is delicious.

  4. ISISBits?

  5. “Croissants may look harmless, but a sharia committee overseeing a rebel-held area of Aleppo thinks otherwise. The judicial committee, Hayaa al-Sharia, banned Syrians from consuming the flaky pastries earlier this week.” — from an article dated August 2, 2013: http://newsfeed.time.com/2013/08/02/syrian-rebels-ban-croissants-in-aleppo/ In some places, at least, the humble croissant remains a vivid reminder of humiliating miltiary defeat.