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

Roger Crowley
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'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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Book Description

One of the most gripping and exciting stories ever told of an epic period of international warfare, now beautifully repackaged.

From the Inside Flap

In 1521, Suleiman the Magnificent, ruler of the Ottoman Empire at the height of its power, despatched an invasion fleet to the island of Rhodes. This was the opening shot in an epic struggle between rival empires and faiths, and the ensuing battle for control of the Mediterranean would last sixty years. Empires of the Sea tells the story of this great contest. It is a fast-paced tale of spiralling intensity that ranges from Istanbul to the Gates of Gibraltar and features a cast of extraordinary characters: Barbarossa, the pirate who terrified Europe; the risk-taking Emperor Charles V; the Knights of St John, last survivors of the crusading spirit; and the brilliant Christian admiral Don Juan of Austria. Its brutal climax came between 1565 and 1571, six years that witnessed a fight to the finish, decided in a series of bloody set pieces: the epic siege of Malta; the battle for Cyprus; and the apocalyptic last-ditch defence of southern Europe at Lepanto – one of the single most shocking days in world history that fixed the frontiers of the Mediterranean world we know today. Empires of the Sea follows Roger Crowley’s first book, the widely praised Constantinople: The Last Great Siege. It is page-turning narrative history at its best – a story of extraordinary colour and incident, rich in detail, full of surprises and backed by a wealth of eyewitness accounts. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From the Back Cover

Praise for Constantinople: ‘A powerful telling of an extraordinary story.’ Noel Malcolm, Sunday Telegraph ‘Moving and convincing. Crowley gets you by the throat . . . as he leads his story to a nail-biting close.’ Jason Goodwin, Literary Review ‘Narrative history at its most enthralling.’ Christopher Silvester, Daily Express --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Roger Crowley read English at Cambridge. He has had a varied career as a teacher and publisher and is the author of three books on the history of the Mediterranean. He lives in Gloucestershire and now writes full time. His website address is www.rogercrowley.co.uk
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