Victory of the West: the great Christian-Muslim clash at the Battle of Lepanto

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Da Capo Press, 2007 - History - 412 pages
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On the morning of October 7, 1571, in the Gulf of Lepanto on the Ionian Sea, the vast and heavily-manned fleets of the Ottoman Empire and the Holy League clashed in one of the most significant battles in history. By four o’clock that afternoon the sea was red with blood. It was a victory of the west-the first major victory of Europeans against the Ottoman Empire. In this compelling piece of narrative history, Niccolo Capponi describes the clash of cultures that led to this crucial confrontation and takes a fresh look at the bloody struggle at sea between oared fighting galleys and determined men of faith. As a description of the age-old conflict between Christianity and Islam, it is a story that resonates today.

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VICTORY OF THE WEST: The Great Christian-Muslim Clash at the Battle of Lepanto

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A detailed account of one of the world's great battles, the fateful encounter between the fleets of Western allies and the Ottoman Empire.In October 1571, the "Holy League," made up of forces from ... Read full review


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Niccolò Capponi is an eminent military and Renaissance historian. He is a former fellow at the Medici Archive Project, and curator of the Capponi Archive. He lives in Florence, Italy.

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