During the 1655 war between Protestant Sweden and Catholic Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth some Polish-Lithuanian nobles side with Swedish king Charles X Gustav while others side with the Polish king Jan Kazimierz.
In 1668 Polish colonel Michael Wolodyjowski, who recently retired to a monastery, is recalled to active duty and takes charge of Poland's eastern frontier defenses against invading Tatar hordes and Ottoman armies.
Dr. Susannah Lipscomb's "Hidden Killers" series is to British social history a little like "Time Team" is to British archaeology, showing you the (sometimes morbidly) fascinating details that give you a better understanding of the whole historical picture. This installment was particularly interesting for me as an American Anglophile. Living in a country with such material abundance and so well protected from enemy attack that an event like 9/11 was (thankfully) unprecedented, it was shocking to learn that the British public who wanted new houses or renovations had to take their chances with potentially deadly DIY construction projects in the postwar era because experienced professional builders were fully occupied repairing the damage done by German bombers during World War II.
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