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Empires of the Sea: The Siege of Malta, the Battle of Lepanto, and the… (original 2008; edition 2008)

by Roger Crowley, John Lee (Narrator)

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Title:Empires of the Sea: The Siege of Malta, the Battle of Lepanto, and the Contest for the Center of the World
Authors:Roger Crowley
Other authors:John Lee (Narrator)
Info:Tantor Media (2008), Edition: Unabridged, Audio CD
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Tags:Non-fiction, History, Naval History, Ottoman, Venice

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Empires of the Sea: The Siege of Malta, the Battle of Lepanto, and the Contest for the Center of the World by Roger Crowley (2008)

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Excellent and balanced account of the battles of the 1500's in the Mediterranean. Very informative, but very engaging.
  GeorgeTM | May 17, 2014 |
This book seems interesting enough, but for some reason I just couldn't get into this one; I gave up half-way through. ( )
  technolepsy | Oct 12, 2013 |
The geopolitical story of how the Ottoman and Spanish empires divided the Mediterranean is told through three main battles: Rhodes, Malta (taking up the large middle section of this book), and finally Lepanto. These battles are told day by day, hour by hour, and sometimes blow by blow. The author tells a good story, and it is clear that he has kept his boyish enthusiasm for re-enacting a hero's fate in battle.
Sadly, the swashbuckling is sometimes accompanied by a similarly boyish ethnocentricity and incomplete grasp of geography. A statement such as "Lepanto was Europe's Trafalgar" points to shoddy geographic concepts. The Greek town of Igoumenitsa is mentioned as "Gomenizza, in front of Corfu" - a case of the author copying his source without verifying current conditions, possibly because the clanking of armour is more important to him than geographical accuracy. Likewise the author uses a blithe disregard for other languages (especially Italian proper names and place names fare badly when quoted in this book). All in all, not bad - but he can't hold a candle to John Julius Norwich for this kind of historical topics. ( )
  fist | Sep 29, 2013 |
I hear good things about this.
  AlCracka | Apr 2, 2013 |
Very entertaining. The best parts are the descriptions of the battles of Siege of Rhodes (1522), the Siege of Malta (1565) and Battle of Lepanto (1571). Gives context for the 16th century contest for control of the Med between the Ottoman Empire, Corsairs and European powers. Shows how the Med was the center of the world - as it had been for thousands of years - but by the end of the century was secondary to globalization, a momentous historical shift. The great powers turned their back on each other - Ottomans faced east and Spain and Italy to the west (Atlantic). ( )
  Stbalbach | Jul 5, 2012 |
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A thrilling account of the brutal decades-long battle between Christendom and Islam for the soul of Europe. This struggle's brutal climax came between 1565 and 1571, seven years that witnessed a fight to the finish decided in a series of bloody set pieces: the epic siege of Malta, in which a tiny band of Christian defenders defied the might of the Ottoman army; the savage battle for Cyprus; and the apocalyptic last-ditch defense of southern Europe at Lepanto--one of the single most shocking days in world history. At the close of this cataclysmic naval encounter, the carnage was so great that the victors could barely sail away because of the countless corpses floating in the sea. Lepanto fixed the frontiers of the Mediterranean world that we know today.… (more)

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