'A gripping narrative account of several decades which really did shape the modern world.'
-- Michael Kerrigan, Scotsman
'Crowley succeeds in turning the events of 500 years ago into a thrilling spectacle.' -- James W. Wood, Scotsman
'Magnificent ... Crowley shows a novelist's eye for vivid scene painting.' -- Christopher Hart, Sunday Times
'Nothing less than thrilling. [Crowley's] descriptions of the great set pieces - the siege of Malta and the battle of Lepanto - left me holding my breath.' -- Michael Prodger, Sunday Telegraph Books of the Year
'This is a first-class narrative history, splendidly illustrated with old-fashioned engravings.' -- Christopher Silvester, Daily Telegraph
'[It] is an account of human beings under extraordinary circumstances... This is narrative history at its most gripping.' -- Noel Malcolm, Sunday Telegraph
`Amazing narrative power as well as an even-handed approach to the grisly horrors endured by Christians and Muslims alike.' -- Antonia Fraser, History Today Books of the Year
`Glorious narrative history.' -- Dominic Sandbrook, Daily Telegraph
`There is a certain British genius for Boys' Own Paper military history, and Roger Crowley has it.'
-- Norman Stone, Guardian Book of the Week
`This rousing account ... has everything ... [Crowley's] scholarship is sure-footed, and his narrative skills an old-fashioned delight.' -- Andrew Holgate, Sunday Times, History Book of the Year
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A major success in hardback, this is one of the most gripping and exciting stories ever told of an epic period of international warfare.