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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: The History Press (1 July 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0752461788
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752461786
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 17.1 x 24.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 332,564 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"a very good account of these critical events." --The NYMAS Review

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Kelly Devries holds a PhD in Medieval Studies from the University of Toronto and is a professor of history at Loyola University Maryland. He is the author of" Joan of Arc: A Military Leader." Robert Douglas Smith is a museum consultant.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Marco Morin on 12 Sept. 2012
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Rhodes Besieged : A New History is an excellent example of how full cooperation among a well known and esteemed military scholar (Kelly De Vries) and one of the world best ancient artillery specialists (Robert Douglas Smith) can generate a book that will remain a milestone in historical polemology literature. It is a clear warning, already evoked by brilliant historians like John Hale, Michel Mallet, Bert Hall, John Guilmartin, Niccolò Capponi and Geoffrey Parker, that facts and dates are insufficient to explain the course of civilisation if the scientific and technological instruments that were in utilization during the periods concerned are ignored.
Rhodes Besieged is an outstanding work that deserves the attention of everybody, academic people included, seriously concerned in modern history.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Stephn Pickard on 8 May 2014
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An excellent account of the Ottoman sieges of Rhodes. Explains concisely the reasons behind the Ottoman invasion of Rhodes and the defence given by the Knights of St, John.
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Outstanding work 13 Sept. 2012
By Marco Morin - Published on Amazon.com
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Rhodes Besieged : A New History is an excellent example of how full cooperation among a well known and esteemed military scholar (Kelly De Vries) and one of the world best ancient artillery specialists (Robert Douglas Smith) can generate a book that will remain a milestone in historical polemology literature. It is a clear warning, already evoked by brilliant historians like John Hale, Michel Mallet, Bert Hall, John Guilmartin, Niccolò Capponi and Geoffrey Parker, that facts and dates are insufficient to explain the course of civilisation if the scientific and technological instruments that were in utilization during the periods concerned are ignored.
Rhodes Besieged is an outstanding work that deserves the attention of everybody, academic people included, seriously concerned in modern history.
Scholars at the Best of Their Game 26 Oct. 2014
By Henry Jones Jr. - Published on Amazon.com
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DeVries & Smith have here a book which supersedes previous editions of the accounts of the the sieges of Rhodes in 1480 and 1522, namely Eric Brockman's book from 1969 (commonly found in print from a 1995 edition).

This is no mean feat.

Superb scholarship and superb intellectual application highlight the events and the Knights of Rhodes in a fresh new light. If you are wondering what this may feel like, I urge you to read Brockman's book and then read Devries and Smith. Where this latest work suffers is in the lack of illustrations to commend its view of the Sieges- for instance, no map providing overview of Rhodes in the 1480 siege, and a comparison map showing where changes took place. That, plus perhaps the plates from Caurousin's manuscript (commonly used to display the 1480 siege), as well as some better pictures, help to lessen the burden of explanation for the authors. Towards that end, I recommend Elias Kollias' The City of Rhodes as well as Konstantin Nossov's The Fortress of Rhodes for a somewhat more rounded understanding of the Sieges. However such improvements do not serve to detract from this great work.

This is a work of great importance. I endorse it wholeheartedly: preeminently readable, superbly researched; a pleasure to pick up. Well done.
A Fresh, Innovative Look at one of History's Most Important Sieges 12 Nov. 2013
By A. A. Nofi - Published on Amazon.com
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A summary of the review on StrategyPage.Com:

'In Besieged Rhodes, military historian DeVries and museum curator Smith, previously the authors of Medieval Military Technology, Second Edition and Medieval Weapons: An Illustrated History of Their Impact, again join forces, this time to retell the story of the long defense of Rhodes by the Knights Hospitaler against the Ottomans, who failed to take the island fortress in 1480, after which there followed a long uneasy peace, and a renewed and very successful siege in 1522. The authors draw upon many sources, including, documents, letters, and personal narratives, and make excellent use of physical evidence as well, with an analysis of the defenses, the siege works, and the weaponry, plus a look at the principal leaders, and supported by numerous illustrations. The events are firmly placed within earlier history of the Knights and the larger theater of European-Mediterranean politics. Despite a surprising lack of maps (some of the illustrations help), Besieged Rhodes is not only a very good account of these critical events, but also provides a good look at the evolution of siege craft in the period.'

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