26 of 35 people found the following review helpful
A total waste of money,
By A Customer
This review is from: Malta, 1565 (Histories) (Paperback)
The siege of Malta is a seminal event in European History, much of which would have been significantly different if the Knights had not held out against the odds. As such the 1565 Siege has attracted more than its fair share of studies both Academic and General. This title from Osprey seems to be a distillation and synopsis of a particularly popular modern history of the Siege. No use has been made of the small number of contemporary accounts... There is therefore no new interpretation of events and the details present in other studies is severly lacking. Overall, therefore the text has nothing to commend it.
The illustrations are almost all from much later works and as such do not illustrate the dress, the weaponry or the tactics of the mid sixteenth century. A cynic might comment that they were chosen because they were were cheap to reproduce and not becuase they illuminate the text. (An illustration of Napoleon's Imperial Guard Mamelukes is really going too far).
Overall this is a book best avoided, there are a number of better books on the Siege readily, available both for text and for illustrations.