By Roger Crowley
In 1521, Suleiman the incredible, Muslim ruler of the Ottoman Empire on the peak of its strength, dispatched an invasion fleet to the Christian island of Rhodes. this is able to end up to be the hole shot in an epic fight among rival empires and faiths for regulate of the Mediterranean and the guts of the world.
In Empires of the Sea, acclaimed historian Roger Crowley has written his so much enchanting paintings to date–a exciting account of this brutal decades-long conflict among Christendom and Islam for the soul of Europe, a fast moving story of spiraling depth that levels from Istanbul to the Gates of Gibraltar and contours a forged of awesome characters: Barbarossa, “The King of Evil,” the pirate who terrified Europe; the risk-taking Emperor Charles V; the Knights of St. John, the final crusading order after the passing of the Templars; the messianic Pope Pius V; and the bright Christian admiral Don Juan of Austria.
This struggle’s brutal climax got here among 1565 and 1571, seven years that witnessed a struggle to the end made up our minds in a chain of bloody set items: the epic siege of Malta, within which a tiny band of Christian defenders defied the may well of the Ottoman military; the savage conflict for Cyprus; and the apocalyptic last-ditch protection of southern Europe at Lepanto–one of the one such a lot surprising days in international heritage. on the shut of this cataclysmic naval stumble upon, the carnage used to be so nice that the victors may well slightly sail away “because of the numerous corpses floating within the sea.” Lepanto mounted the frontiers of the Mediterranean global that we all know today.
Roger Crowley inspires a wild solid of pirates, crusaders, and non secular warriors suffering for supremacy and survival in a story of slavery and galley struggle, determined bravery and utter brutality, know-how and Inca gold. Empires of the Sea is page-turning narrative background at its best–a tale of awesome colour and incident, wealthy intimately, packed with surprises, and subsidized through a wealth of eyewitness debts. It presents a very important context for our personal conflict of civilizations.
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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 by Roger Crowley