Defenders of the Faith: Christianity and Islam Battle for the Soul of Europe, 1520-1536

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Penguin, May 14, 2009 - History - 448 pages
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A bestselling historian recounts the epic clash that ended the Renaissance and pushed Islam to the gates of Vienna

In Warriors of God and Dogs of God, James Reston, Jr., brought two epochal events in the struggle between Islam and Christendom to readers eager to understand the roots of the present-day conflict. With his unwavering eye for detail, Reston now weaves a captivating narrative that examines a pivotal period in that centuries- long war, which found Europe at its most vulnerable and Islam on the attack. This saga of colliding worlds is propelled by two astonishing young sovereigns-the Holy Roman Emperor Charles V and the Turkish sultan Suleyman the Magnificent-and is supported by a wide range of larger-than-life characters, who lend this meticulously researched history a novel's worth of suspense and brio.

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User Review  - rockinghorsedreams - LibraryThing

Quite a good history on the subject, written in an engaging way and wrapped up well. It gave enough detail for me to feel like I have a handle on what happened without getting bogged down. The root word of protestant finally clicked for me too which is fun. Read full review

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Being an historian, I'm always a bit leery of histories written for a more "popular" audience; they tend not to go in depth enough for me, and I'm a bit suspicious of the author's conclusions without ... Read full review

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James Reston, Jr., is the author of thirteen books, including Warriors of God, The Last Apocalypse, and Galileo: A Life. He has written articles for The New Yorker, Esquire, Vanity Fair, Time, Rolling Stone, and many other publications; three plays; and the scripts for three Frontline documentaries. He lives with his family in the suburbs of Washington, DC.

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