Skanderbeg according Nicolas Caussin

Aurenc Bebja, France - May 26, 2016

 The Priest Father Nicolas Caussin is born in 1583 in the French city of Troyes. He died in 1651. Two years later, in 1653, his book entitled "The Holly Court of the Father Nicolas Caussin" is published, with a volume of 748 pages. In this book we find his short, but very interesting, script for our national hero Gjergj Kastriot - Skanderbeg. The article is titled "Georges Castriot." His slipback was somewhat difficult because it was written in the old French. At first, I had to translatel it in the current French, and then adapt it in the Albanian language. I tried to remain faithful to the author's words, although it was not a very easy mission, but it was worth of it for such a rare and of national value. Who was Gjergj Kastrioti? Here is Nicholas' story about our hero: 

The beginnings of Gjergj Kastrioti. I see in Kastriot, someone larger than Leonidas and Themistokli, I see Pyrrhus of Epirus, I see Alexander the Great, though his enemies were stronger than those of the Macedonians, so his courage should not be underestimated. He was a soldier before becoming a man, and was naturally found with a sword in his hand and courage in his heart. Great, with a fascinating, powerful and healthy face, his eyes were composed between the rainbow and the lightning, his hands were created to hold the spark of lightning, his legs were not resembling anyone, all these features warned of fame ( his success). As a small eagle, he started playing since childhood with lightbulbs. This Hercules had to start and take the breathe of the snakes of his cradle, had to feed in the midst of the enemies and fight against the adults. His father, Gjon Kastrioti, who had little strength and many misfortunes, was forced to send him to Murat's Turks. The Sultan Palace imposes to him the name Skanderbeg, that of Alexander, a name that brought prosperity and respectful of the word.

Skanderbeg fighting picture

He was trained in all Turkish militia academies, which he achieved with strength, abilities, and approval, and where each one viewed him as a special supporter of the Empire of Muhammad. But he, always has Jesus in his heart, always thought to find ways to break away from the Empire. Inside of his soul, there was a flame that sparked the zeal he had to rebuild the altars of killed Christians and destroy the State of the Ottomans.

Sultan Murat's Suspicions and Traps, he began to fear his slave, and was afraid to nurture in his Palace a lion that would one day be able to show his teeth. In various battles, he tried to trap and to get rid of, taking advantage of Skanderbeg's endless courage. A "scythe" (an ancient Central Asian resident) had come to Murat's yard to fight in a closed cage with other rivals for life and death. He won multiple duels and had excessive faith in his strength. Each one was afraid when the brave Kastriot met him, but he shook his neck with one hand and killed him with the other. Those who did not get bored applauded at him. Since this duel went wrong with Murat, he found another case through a Persian horseman who insisted on making a duel with a spear. He was a man who knew this profession, who moved around the cities and provinces, where he sought to confront opponents to improve and enhance his reputation. We needed a David for this Goliath, our young Alexander, running to him like an eagle, dragging and spreading the Persian to the ground, who breathes soul and blood. But Murat, who played the character of Saul (the first king of the Israelites), insisted to find other occasions to practice his own David. In the war, he gave him different duties, but Skanderbeg always harvested success, transformed into trophies all the issues that could cause his ruin and came alive from the mouth of the lions. The Ascension of Gjergj Kastrioti, the Fall of Sultan Murat, the betrayer knit tspoke good words for him ... He promised that would him the lands after the death of his father, but on the last day of John Kastriot's life his words proved that they were frauds and promises were received by the wind. Skanderbeg had endured patience and decided to take the Kingdom of Albania with a delicate tactical game. Breaking news goes to the Sultan Palace, and all of Murat's intentions were vengeance. Hali Bassa (Ali or Halit Pasha) is sent with 40,000 soldiers to end this situation. But all of his troops were shattered and nothing remained to be proud of, except perhaps the loss against Kastriot's bravest ... What can we say more about Skanderbeg's greatness? The tyrannical and fierce face of the Sultan, which had been so throughout his life, softened and received the signs of a beggar.

He sought for peace, but was refused, sought an agreement, but they despised him. The arrogant, felt provoked, came with 200,000 soldiers in Kruja, in the capital of the Albanian Kingdom (the Sultan failed completely). He who had lived gloriously died of the sadness of his humiliation and took with him into the other World the helplessness and eternal desire of vengeance. Mehmet, his son, the terror of the Universe, who overthrew the two Emperors, invaded 200 cities, killed 20 million people, came and failed in this rocky country. Was this bleeding necessary to write on the Kastriot trophies the title of  "Invincible"?

Homage to Gjergj Kastrioti's Contribution. Who would have believed that a mortal would reach to this point? Of course, one has to admit that he lend his name to God for all these, and vice versa, the Lord lend his arm. It is said for him that he never rejected a battle, never turned his back, never wounded, except once. He has killed two thousand barbarians with his hand (sword). Mehmet, Murat's son, wanted to touch this sword that Skanderbeg used, admire it even though he was washed with turkish blood. He got the sword of steel, but never the arm that used it. O brave Skanderbeg, if Catholics could escape the tyranny of the Sultans, this could happen thanks to you. Must be asserted that our wounds were incurable, and the divisions between us prevented us from bringing your divine hand to help. The fever took your life in the city of Lezha ... After you were the most admired commander, you died as a true religious, touching all the hearts of those who devoted you very sensitively ... And now, you do not need to find the tomb, because your memory has found as many monuments as the heart has for centuries.
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