Sea of Faith: Islam and Christianity in the Medieval Mediterranean World

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Bloomsbury Publishing USA, May 26, 2009 - History - 432 pages
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In Sea of Faith, O'Shea chronicles both the meeting of minds and the collisions of armies that marked the interaction of Cross and Crescent in the Middle Ages-the better to understand their apparently intractable conflict today. For all the great and everlasting moments of cultural interchange and tolerance-in Cordoba, Palermo, Constantinople-the ultimate "geography of belief " was decided on the battlefield. O'Shea vividly recounts seven pivotal battles between the forces of Christianity and Islam that shaped the Mediterranean world-from the loss of the Christian Middle East to the Muslims at Yarmuk (Turkey) in 636 to the stemming of the seemingly unstoppable Ottoman tide at Malta in 1565. In between, the battles raged round the Mediterranean, from Poitiers in France and Hattin in the Holy Land during the height of the Crusades, to the famed contest for Constantinople in 1453 that signaled the end of Byzantium. As much as the armies were motivated by belief, their exploits were inspired by leaders such as Charles Martel, Saladin, and Mehmet II, whose stirring feats were sometimes accompanied by unexpected changes of heart.
 

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User Review  - jerry-book - LibraryThing

Excellent depiction of the battle between Islam and Christianity in the Middle Ages. The author shows how Isam lost Spain and how the Byzantines lost Constantinople. The fierce battle over Malta at the end of the period was a fitting climax. Read full review

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User Review  - jerry-book - LibraryThing

A sprightly account of the war between Islam and the Christians from the Byzantine defeat at Yarmuk in the 7th century to the Christian victories at Malta and Lepanto in the 16th century. Read full review

Contents

Poitiers 732
48
Cordoba
78
Manzikert 1071
102
Palermo and Toledo
130
Hattin 1187
158
Las Navas de Tolosa 1212
205
The Sea of Faith
231
Constantinople 1453 and Kostantiniyye
255
Malta 1565
286
Epilogue
311
Select Timeline
327
Bibliography
385
Index
399
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STEPHEN O'SHEA: Toronto-born author and journalist Stephen O'Shea moved to France in the early 1980s. There, he took up journalism, shortly after completing postgraduate degrees in politics at the Université de Paris 1 (Pantheon-Sorbonne) and the prestigious Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris.
Stephen O'Shea currently lives with his wife, Jill Pearlman, and two daughters in Providence, Rhode Island.

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