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The Two Sieges of Rhodes, 1480-1522: The Knights of St.John at War, 1480-1522 Hardcover – May 1996

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  • Hardcover: 184 pages
  • Publisher: Barnes & Noble Inc; New edition edition (May 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1566199999
  • ISBN-13: 978-1566199995
  • Product Dimensions: 14.5 x 2 x 21.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 488,557 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Ignacio Recalde Canals on 1 Dec 2004
The title says it all. What you will find here is the amazing history of the knights hospitallier being the last outpost of Crusading Christendom in Turkish "hinterland". After the fall of Constantinople, Mehmet the Conqueror reduced one after the other the strongholds of Latin and Greek Christendom in Greece, the Balkans and Turkey, and at Rhodes he found his only defeat. The events described in the book are worth a Hollywood movie as the story involves heroism, ingenuity and treason at the same time. It makes a very interesting reading and should be placed together with books reprinted as many times as "The fall of Constantinople" by S. Runciman and "The Great Siege, Malta 1565" by E. Bradford as in a way those books are the beginning and the conclusion of a hundred years struggle all over the Mediterranean. Further, if you have ever visited Rhodes, you must read this book as then it is so easy to make history alive, of the three places this is the only one that has remained almost as it was 500 years ago.
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Besieged Knights Battle Turks for Island Base 23 Dec 2013
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A crusading order evicted from the Holy Land at the end of the thirteenth century, the Knights Hospitaller needed a home to continue opposing Islamic expansion. Settling on the island of Rhodes near Asia Minor, they commenced raiding Muslim shipping in the eastern Mediterranean. Relying on first person accounts and other historic documents, Eric Brockman details a pair of Turkish assaults aimed at ousting the offending Knights from their Rhodian stronghold.

History, tactics, religion and politics all play a part as the outnumbered religious order scraps to defend their harbor fortress. Brockman sets the attacks against the backdrop of a disunited Christian Europe, unwilling to rally in support of the Knights against the growing might of the Ottoman Empire.

A very readable account with personalities and intrigue coloring the narrative. At 163 pages, I thought the book a little short for two sieges. Still, it does set the stage for later historic events in the ongoing war between the Ottoman Turks and the Knights Hospitaller of St. John.
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