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The Great Siege: Malta 1565

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Malta, then one of the easternmost bastions of Christendom, was attacked in 1565 by the Sultan of Turkey with 200 ships and 40,000 men. This book is ... Show synopsis

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giannuzzo

Unequaled Courage

by giannuzzo on Feb 3, 2009

This is a great history of a now almost forgotten incident which was, nevertheless, one of the turning points of early modern history. With unequaled bravery a handful of Catholic Knights Hospitalers of St John (now called Knights of Malta), and the courageous inhabitants of Malta held off the mighty Turkish fleet and the militant jihadists and Jannisaries of the Ottoman Empire, and thereby inflicted the first major defeat upon the great Emperor Suleiman the Magnificent. Ernle Bradford brings to life the great leaders on both sides of the conflict and his portrait of the leader of the beseiged knights and citizens, Jean de La Vallete, is extraordinary. The book is out of print but is now more relevant than ever considering the current world situation. If you can obtain a copy by all means buy it.

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