- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: Wordsworth Editions Ltd; New edition edition (Jun. 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1840222069
- ISBN-13: 978-1840222067
- Product Dimensions: 21.7 x 13.8 x 1.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (85 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 866,637 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Great Siege: Malta, 1565 (Wordsworth Military Library) Paperback – 1 Jun 1999
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About the Author
Ernle Bradford was born in 1922 and died in 1986. He was a noted British historian specializing in the Mediterranean world and naval topics. Bradford was an enthusiastic sailor himself and spent almost thirty years sailing the Mediterranean, where many of his books are set. He served in the Royal Navy during World War II, finishing as the first lieutenant of a destroyer. Bradford lived in Malta for a number of years. He did occasional broadcast work for the BBC, was a magazine editor, and wrote many books, including Hannibal, Paul the Traveller, Julius Caesar: The Pursuit of Power, Christopher Columbus, and The Mighty Hood. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Paperback.
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Top Customer Reviews
Left to stand or fall on their own by the rest of the christian world, The Knights of the Order of St. John of Jerusalem with the people of Malta put up a heroic resistance against massive odds. The turks were well led initially and extremely experienced in the reduction of great cities. That they failed was due to the intelligent and tenacious leadership of Jean de la Valette and the willingness of the knights to sell their lives in a sacred cause.
Ernle Bradford has written an engaging account of the siege and one can only marvel at the courage, heroism, not to mention fanaticism displayed on both sides.
Malta was to become very important in a subsequent war and displayed the same heroism again. That it was in a position to do so was partly due to the resilience of 540 knights, some mercenaries and a few thousand Maltese.
This book is very readable. A brilliant page in history, not so well known now, but worth investigation.
The book is very easy to read, even if you know little about the conflict between the Turkish empire and christendom which took place in the 16th century.
The siege was of epic proportions. The sultan of Turkey sent a huge armada against Malta, but the defenders although vastly outnumbered managed to drive the enemy back. The author gives a fantastic description of the personality of the Christian leader, Jean Parisot de La Valette.
All in all I could not recommend this book more. The great siege of Malta is little known about in the UK, but this book is a fantastic way to learn more about it.
As for the book itself, it tells of the first Great Siege of Malta (the second of course in World War II), when the Ottoman Turks, then at the peak of their powers, having layed the Eastern Arab Kingdoms at their feet and fought their way to Austria in Western Europe set their mind and resources on the last of the Crusading Orders, The Order of St. John. Where two of the times greatest military units, the Christian Knights and Janissaries, Spartan bred Turkish units met. Also you get to know many of the most influential persons of those times, of their actions and sacrifice.
In all one great read.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Thoroughly enjoyed this book, having visited Malta recently, it certainly added to my enjoyment of the island's history.Published 2 months ago by Mark NEWMAN
What a fabulous account of the seige and the people involved on both sides. Bought the book after a 'Discover the History of Malta' holiday and found that I had stood in many of... Read morePublished 4 months ago by DH
A fine book with a good balance of treatment for both sides. Remarkable number of old people were in charge on both sides.Published 4 months ago by EBC
My 1st read of this was when it was first published and it remains the best for bringin this massive event to lifePublished 4 months ago by Peter Hunt
I write this in Malta, not three hundred yards from Fort St Elmo This brilliant book brings it all to thrilling life. Eminently readable,it was impossible to put it down.Published 5 months ago by Nightwatcher
Having been to Malta a few times, I can honestly say this book is well worth reading.Published 5 months ago by Michael McIntosh
Firstly, I bought this book about forty years ago and have never forgotten it. It is as gripping a tale of the most extraordinary heroism and bravery as you will ever come across. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Zachariah Smith