By Roger Crowley
In 1521, Suleiman the extraordinary, ruler of the Ottoman Empire on the top of its strength, sent an invasion fleet to the island of Rhodes. This was once the outlet shot in an epic fight among rival empires and faiths, and the resultant conflict for keep watch over of the Mediterranean might final sixty years.
Empires of the Sea tells the tale of this nice contest. it's a fast moving story of spiralling depth that levels from Istanbul to the Gates of Gibraltar and contours a solid of outstanding characters: Barbarossa, the pirate who terrified Europe; the risk-taking Emperor Charles V; the Knights of St John, final survivors of the crusading spirit; and the intense Christian admiral Don Juan of Austria. Its brutal climax got here among 1565 and 1571, six years that witnessed a struggle to the end, made up our minds in a sequence of bloody set items: the epic siege of Malta; the conflict for Cyprus; and the apocalyptic last-ditch defence of southern Europe at Lepanto - one of many unmarried such a lot surprising days in global background that fastened the frontiers of the Mediterranean global we all know today.
Empires of the Sea follows Roger Crowley's first e-book, the generally praised Constantinople: The final nice Siege. it really is page-turning narrative historical past at its top - a narrative of outstanding color and incident, wealthy intimately, jam-packed with surprises and sponsored by way of a wealth of eyewitness accounts.
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