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by Niccolo Capponi

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Title:Victory of the West: The Great Christian-Muslim Clash at the Battle of Lepanto
Authors:Niccolo Capponi
Info:Da Capo Press (2008), Edition: illustrated edition, Paperback, 464 pages
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Victory of the West: The Great Christian-Muslim Clash at the Battle of Lepanto by Niccolo Capponi (2006)

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From the preface: "...The nineteenth century would exalt the battle as a victory of Western Civilization over oriental barbarism. Latter day 'politically correct' historians have reversed these parameters, it being now fashionable to consider Islamic Civilizations equal, if not superior, to those based on Christian principles. For these reasons this book's title has been chosen with provocation in mind, 'pour épater les incultes'. ..."
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On the morning of October 7, 1571, in the Gulf of Lepanto on the Ionian Sea, the vast and heavily-manned fleets of the Ottoman Empire and the Holy League clashed in one of the most significant battles in history. By four o’clock that afternoon the sea was red with blood. It was a victory of the west-the first major victory of Europeans against the Ottoman Empire. In this compelling piece of narrative history, Niccolo Capponi describes the clash of cultures that led to this crucial confrontation and takes a fresh look at the bloody struggle at sea between oared fighting galleys and determined men of faith. As a description of the age-old conflict between Christianity and Islam, it is a story that resonates today.

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"On a clear day in October 1571, the entirety of Turkish naval power was laid waste by a coalition fleet of Christian states led by Don John of Austria and the spell of Ottoman maritime invincibility was broken forever. The echo of the Holy League's victory resounded throughout Europe, with even England's Protestant queen, Elizabeth I, ordering services of thanksgiving." "On the eve of the battle, Europe's future looked bleak. There was a palpable fear of an encroaching, perhaps unstoppable threat. The Ottoman Sultan was determined to seize control of the entire Mediterranean and plans were drawn up for a final invasion of the Christian West, seeking nothing less than the conquest and the conversion of Europe." "Niccolo Capponi's definitive account of this decisive battle between Islam and the West is a story of squabbling princes, fragile alliances and a truly unexpected victory. After just three hours of fighting, the Ottoman navy, which had not lost an encounter in almost a century, was defeated and the sea was red with blood. The last sea battle between oared galleys, the participants outnumbered those at the battle of Trafalgar and it held sway as the largest sea battle ever fought until Jutland in 1916."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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