Worthy of the pen of a Thucydides or a Herodotus ... it is a measure of the fascination of Mr Stoye's subject that one should think of comparing his treatment of it with the work of the greatest historians.' - Times Literary Supplement 'fine historical work ... well worth reading' - Otto von Habsburg, Catholic Herald 'the master of every aspect of his subject' - C.V. Wedgewood, Daily Telegraph The siege of Vienna in 1683 was one of the turning points in European history. It was the last serious threat to Western Christendom and so great was its impact that countries normally jealous and ho… (more)
On 6 August 1682, an important meeting took place in Sultan Mehmed IV's great palace in Istanbul.
In size and in the magnificence of its best buildings, it at last became worthy of the expanded Habsburg empire, which had partly sprung from that bitter fighting across the ground where now the traffic roars in the Ring and in the suburbs.