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A detailed account of a pivotal moment in history.
on 13 July 2016
Although the end of the siege seems inevitable from the start Crowley paints a detailed picture of events showing how close things came to going the other way against all odds.
The politics of the time, in all it craziness, is shown in detail with history and myth making both sides behave in often unexpected ways.
Mehmet comes across as a surprisingly modern ruler in some ways, trying to build an empire but a surprisingly tolerant one, Muslim at its core but almost secular in its outlook and treatment of other cultures and religions.
Crowley shows us all the main players, in as much detail as reliable accounts can give, and takes us through the tactics and difficulties faced by both sides as they balance religion and warfare.
It is an thoroughly interesting read but not as compelling as some of his others.