Confrontation at Lepanto: Christendom Vs. Islam

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Macmillan, Jun 27, 2006 - History - 208 pages
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Like an angry lion, the Turkish menace growled at the frontiers of Europe. In 1453, the last remnant of the mighty Roman Empire was obliterated when Turkish forces overran Constantinople. Western civilization was being threatened by medieval Islam. By 1570, a huge Turkish fleet had begun to turn the Mediterranean into a Muslim lake. A year later Pope Pius V created an anti-Ottoman alliance known as the Holy League--Christendom's answer to Jihad.
One morning in October 1571, Don John of Austria, commanding the fleet of the Holy League, met the Ottoman Turks in the waters at the mouth of the Gulf of Patros. The future of a despairing, fragmented Europe was about to be decided....
By four o'clock that afternoon the naval battle had become a mle, and the sea had literally turned from blue to red from all the blood shed. When the smoke cleared, the Turkish fleet had been broken.
In sheer numbers of casualties there has never been a more costly naval battle than Lepanto. The Crusaders lost 17 ships and 7,500 men; the Muslims lost more than 200 warships and nearly 20,000 men.
For the first time in more than a century, West had defeated East. The Christians had successfully taken the offensive. Lepanto was one of the greatest turning points in history, though the centuries to come would see many more battles in the continuing conflict between Christianity and Islam.
Confrontation at Lepanto is a fascinating account of that decisive battle on a very human level. Drawing on meticulous research, the author brings to life personalities, tactics, and details, making the narrative as fascinating and compelling as a novel. The result is a book whose lessons resonate today.

  

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This is the last book that I bought at Daedalus before they closed their Belvedere Square location in Baltimore. I'll miss them but apparently none of us bought enough there to keep them afloat. This is a good easy-read of this important event. Read full review

Contents

Map of the Mediterranean Basin
10
Map of the GulfofPatmas
12
Preface
13
The Eve of Battle
19
The Ottoman Empire
29
The Venetians
39
The Hapsburgs
49
Meanwhile in the Rest of the World
55
The Point of No Return
125
Opening Moves
131
Uchiali
137
Interludes
143
Battles End
145
First Reckoning
149
Developments
157
Reactions Spread
163

Getting Personal
59
Opening Gambits
75
First Lull
81
Famagusta
87
A Change in Fortune
93
Reneging
97
European Preparation
103
Complications in 14 Ottoman Preparation
115
Finding the Foe
119
In Constantinople
167
More Repercussions
173
Don Juan de Austria
181
Venetian Denouement
187
Don Juans Denouement
191
Afterthoughts
197
Index
199
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About the author (2006)

T. C. F. Hopkins has studied history for more than forty years and has a special interest in cultural anthropology as well as military history. The pseudonym for a famous and beloved author of dozens of fantasy, horror, and young adult novels, she has been nominated for the Edgar Award, the World Fantasy Award, and the Bram Stoker Award. This is her first book as T. C. F. Hopkins.

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