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Author Crowley, Roger, 1951-

Title Empires of the sea : the siege of Malta, the battle of Lepanto, and the contest for the center of the world / Roger Crowley

Publ Info New York : Random House, [2008]
Edition First U.S. edition
 PC-DHS Wash. DC  940.21 C953    AVAILABLE
 RWU Main Library  D215 .C76 2008    AVAILABLE
Descript xvii, 336 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
text rdacontent
unmediated rdamedia
volume rdacarrier
Note Includes bibliographical references (p. [311]-315) and index
Contents Ptolemy's map -- Map: The Mediterranean, c. 1560 -- Map: The Siege of Malta -- Map: The Battle of Lepanto -- I. CAESARS: THE CONTEST FOR THE SEA. The Sultan pays a visit -- A supplication -- The king of evil -- The voyage to Tunis -- Doria and Barbarossa -- The Turkish Sea -- II. EPICENTER: THE BATTLE FOR MALTA. Nest of vipers -- Invasion fleet -- The post of death -- The Ravelin of Europe -- The last swimmers -- Payback -- Trench wars -- "Malta York" -- III. ENDGAME: HURTLING TO LEPANTO. The pope's dream -- A head in a dish -- Famagusta -- Christ's general -- Snakes to a charm -- "Let's fight" -- Sea of fire -- Other oceans -- Epilogue: Traces
Note 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
LC subject Naval battles -- History -- 16th century
Naval history, Modern
Europe -- History, Naval
Islam -- Relations -- Christianity
Christianity and other religions -- Islam
ISBN 9781400066247 (alk. paper)
1400066247 (alk. paper)