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Empires of the Sea: The Siege of Malta, the Battle of Lepanto, and the Contest for the Center of the World

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In 1521, Suleiman the Magnificent, Muslim ruler of the Ottoman Empire at the height of its power, dispatched an invasion fleet to the Christian island of Rhodes. This would prove to be the opening shot in an epic struggle between rival empires and faiths for control of the Mediterranean and the center of the world.

In Empires of the Sea, acclaimed historian Roger Crowley has written his most mesmerizing work to date–a thrilling account of this brutal decades-long battle between Christendom and Islam for the soul of Europe, a fast-paced tale of spiraling intensity that ranges from Istanbul to the Gates of Gibraltar and features a cast of extraordinary characters: Barbarossa, “The King of Evil,” the pirate who terrified Europe; the risk-taking Emperor Charles V; the Knights of St. John, the last crusading order after the passing of the Templars; the messianic Pope Pius V; and the brilliant Christian admiral Don Juan of Austria.

This struggles brutal climax came between 1565 and 1571, seven years that witnessed a fight to the finish decided in a series of bloody set pieces: the epic siege of Malta, in which a tiny band of Christian defenders defied the might of the Ottoman army; the savage battle for Cyprus; and the apocalyptic last-ditch defense of southern Europe at Lepanto–one of the single most shocking days in world history. At the close of this cataclysmic naval encounter, the carnage was so great that the victors could barely sail away “because of the countless corpses floating in the sea.” Lepanto fixed the frontiers of the Mediterranean world that we know today.

Roger Crowley conjures up a wild cast of pirates, crusaders, and religious warriors struggling for supremacy and survival in a tale of slavery and galley warfare, desperate bravery and utter brutality, technology and Inca gold. Empires of the Sea is page-turning narrative history at its best–a story of extraordinary color and incident, rich in detail, full of surprises, and backed by a wealth of eyewitness accounts. It provides a crucial context for our own clash of civilizations.

About the Author

Roger Crowley was born in 1951 and spent part of his childhood in Malta. He read English at Cambridge University and taught English in Istanbul, where he developed a strong interest in the history of Turkey. He has traveled widely throughout the Mediterranean basin over many years and has a wide-ranging knowledge of its history and culture. He lives in Gloucestershire, England. He is also the author of 1453: The Holy War for Constantinople and the Clash of Islam and the West.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781400066247
Subtitle:
The Siege of Malta, the Battle of Lepanto, and the Contest for the Center of the World
Publisher:
Random House
Author:
Crowley, Roger
Subject:
Christianity and other religions
Subject:
History
Subject:
Renaissance
Subject:
Europe - General
Subject:
Military - Naval
Subject:
Islam -- Relations -- Christianity.
Subject:
Christianity and other religions -- Islam.
Publication Date:
20080701
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
41 ILLUSTRATIONS THROUGHOUT; 8-PP PHOTO
Pages:
368
Dimensions:
9.18x6.46x1.11 in. 1.45 lbs.

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » Military » Naval History
History and Social Science » Western Civilization » Renaissance
History and Social Science » World History » Medieval and Renaissance

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