Empires of the Sea: The Final Battle for the Mediterranean, 1521-1580

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Faber & Faber, 2008 - History - 341 pages
Empires of the Sea shows the Mediterranean as a majestic and bloody theatre of war. Opening with the Ottoman victory in 1453, it is a breathtaking story of military crusading, Barbary pirates, white slavery and the Ottoman Empire - and the larger picture of the struggle between Islam and Christianity. Coupled with dramatic set piece battles, a wealth of riveting first-hand accounts, epic momentum and a terrific denouement at Lepanto, this is a work of history at its broadest and most compelling.

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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 Author: Roger Crowley Publisher: Random House Read full review

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Later that day the guns of Saint Angelo opened up. A volley of human heads bombarded the Ottoman camp across the water. There would be no repeat of the chivalrous truce at Rhodes. As noted this marks ... Read full review


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Roger Crowley read English at Cambridge before going to live in Istanbul. He now works in publishing and lives in Gloucestershire. Constantinople, his first book (2005) was described by the Sunday Telegraph as 'a powerful telling of an extraordinary story, presented with clarity and a confidence that most academic historians would envy.'

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