Review of Great Martyr Tsar-Lazar

A modern exercise in hagiagraphy.  Briefly tells the story of St Tsar Lazar of Serbia, and his heroic sacrifice for the political salvation of Europe against the Muslim horde (financed today by the Anglo-American elites).
Biographies on Tsar Lazar are few in the English language–and this is by no means an adequate biography–but this is a decent start.  Lazar came to the throne of Serbia in a time of increasing political turmoil.  His reign can be compared to that of Great King David, but without the familial and personal sins (Christ have mercy!).
As the Turkish army was on the rise, Lazar knew his options were limited.  In the best case scenario he could fight the Turks to a standstill, giving his people a precarious peace.  Even this goal, however, was in doubt.  (The author gives us specifics of Lazar’s reign–of how he rebuilt churches and gave alms to the poor.)
Ultimately, though, the Turks could not be avoided.  St Lazar knew he must give battle.  There was no human way he could win. Legend has it–and piety and reason see no cause as to why it should be doubted–the Virgin Mary appeared to St Lazar in a dream and offered him a choice–earthly victory tomorrow but nothing else, or sacrifice on the fields–defeat–but entrance into the Kingdom of Heaven, preserving the soul of his people.  St Lazar–being the ultimate example of Christian heroism– chose heavenly glory.
He met the Turks on Kosovo Poltje.  His army was crushed and Lazar himself martyred on the field of battle.  Several conclusions may be drawn from his story:
  • True monarchs reign, not “lord it over” their subjects.  A monarch is an icon of heaven.  When we pray “thy kingdom come on earth as it is in heaven,” we are acknowledging that the earthly rule should mirror the divine rule.  Heaven is a monarchy, not a democracy.
  • While certainty is impossible, one may suppose that had Lazar not given battle to the heathen, the Turks would have hit Vienna full strength–and conquered it.  This would have eventually opened much of the Northern European Plain to the Muslim armies.  Given that 300 years later Europe barely withstood the Muslims, it is doubtful they would have earlier.  Lazar and Serbia likely saved Europe.
  • It makes one wonder why neo-conservatives support NATO’s attack on Serbia, given that it strengthens Islamic terror cells in the Balkans?  Neocons have never given a good answer to that question.

The book ends with several services to Tsar Lazar.