By Roger Crowley

In 1521, Suleiman the marvelous, ruler of the Ottoman Empire on the peak of its energy, sent an invasion fleet to the island of Rhodes. This was once the hole shot in an epic fight among rival empires and faiths, and the resultant conflict for regulate of the Mediterranean could final sixty years.

Empires of the Sea tells the tale of this nice contest. it's a fast moving story of spiralling depth that levels from Istanbul to the Gates of Gibraltar and lines a solid of awesome characters: Barbarossa, the pirate who terrified Europe; the risk-taking Emperor Charles V; the Knights of St John, final survivors of the crusading spirit; and the intense Christian admiral Don Juan of Austria. Its brutal climax got here among 1565 and 1571, six years that witnessed a struggle to the end, made up our minds in a chain of bloody set items: the epic siege of Malta; the conflict for Cyprus; and the apocalyptic last-ditch defence of southern Europe at Lepanto - one of many unmarried so much surprising days in international heritage that mounted the frontiers of the Mediterranean global we all know today.

Empires of the Sea follows Roger Crowley's first e-book, the commonly praised Constantinople: The final nice Siege. it truly is page-turning narrative historical past at its top - a narrative of impressive color and incident, wealthy intimately, choked with surprises and sponsored by means of a wealth of eyewitness accounts.

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