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The Last Crusaders: The Hundred-Year Battle for the Center of the World

3.98  ·  Rating Details ·  90 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
The Crusades were the bridge between medievl and modern history, between feudalism and colonialism. In many ways, the lttle explored later Crusades were the most significant of them all, for thy made the crisis truly global. The Last Crusaders is about the perio's last great conflict between East and West, and the titanic contest betwee Habsburg-led Christendom and the Ott ...more
Hardcover, 512 pages
Published March 18th 2010 by The Overlook Press
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Atlas Can
Apr 14, 2012 Atlas Can rated it did not like it
In the forward to The Last Crusaders, the author, one Barnaby Rogerson, proclaims, "I have resisted the temptation to be polemical or judgmental" (page 6). This is a sure sign that the author plans to be polemical and judgmental, and Rogerson fulfills this expectation in spectacular fashion. The Last Crusader is a veritable tour de force of inaccurate history and deeply ingrained prejudice.

The first warning sign appears on page 35 when Rogerson declares, "Leonardo DaVinci can be numbered among t
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Jur
Mar 21, 2011 Jur rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: early-modern, own
Here I stand up to my ankles in the Med

Last week I spent my holiday on Rhodes, the smallish Greek island with a grand history, just off the Turkish coast. Cities sprang up here around 3,000 years ago, providing legendary Olympic boxing champions and some great classical philosophers. Later, its rethorical schools provided crucial stages in the education of the Roman elite, among whom Caesar. However, the civil war that ended the republic of Rome also led to the destruction of Rhodes.

The island
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Anne
Jan 26, 2017 Anne rated it it was amazing
Magnificent weaving of historical personalities and battles into a readable, engaging and horrifying history of what the superpowers of the 15th and 16th centuries were willing to do for the cause of religion, greed and power. Top notch narrative flow and biographical flourishes. Highly recommended.
Bruce MacBain
Jan 23, 2010 Bruce MacBain rated it really liked it
The world of the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries was shaped by two powerful forces: religion and gunpowder—a devastating combination. In The Last Crusaders Barnaby Rogerson paints a vivid canvas, sweeping in scope and full of memorable detail, of the hundred and fifty year struggle between the Hapsburg and Ottoman Empires for control of the Mediterranean.

The period from 1450 to 1590 changed the face of world history. It saw the creation of the first great nation states—Spain, Portugal, Austri
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Flora
Mar 18, 2014 Flora rated it liked it
The author puts together a package of stories most Americans know nothing about--the final Crusade(s) against the Muslims. It necessarily jumps forward and back as the warfare is waged from one end of the Mediterranean and back, over to the Indian Ocean and across the Atlantic to the Americas. Whew! He manages to keep it fairly organized but reading takes lots of flipping back and forth to maps and timelines, which are conveniently attached to the book on the front and back. Then there's the var ...more
K.A. Meade
Oct 06, 2012 K.A. Meade rated it really liked it
This is an extremely interesting and well-researched book, as were his earlier ones on the Prophet Muhammed and his Successors.

As is standard for narrative histories at present, it is crammed full of genuinely interesting and little-cited anecdotes and information.

It is this, however, that stops me from giving it five stars. Unless one is already familiar with the history of the struggle between Islam and Christendom (including Byzantium) from its inception up to the point where this story begin
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bkwurm
Jun 10, 2011 bkwurm rated it liked it
The fall of Constantinople, the Reconquista and the battle of Lepanto are probably the only events that the average person would name when asked about the contest between Islam and Christianity after the crusades.

This book provides a glimpse of the interesting details that are hardly ever mentioned. The interactions between Portugal, Spain and the various emirates in North Africa was very well told. That Elizabethan England had an informal alliance with one of the emirates against their common e
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André Alves
Sep 29, 2012 André Alves rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Livro histórico bastante interessante. Para quem procura conhecer um pouco mais do passado e se interessa por história militar é um livro que recomendo. Muito fácil de ler e sem ser muito complexo faz com que seja complicado largar quando se começa a leitura.
Liviu
Mar 24, 2010 Liviu rated it it was amazing
History the way it should be written - engrossing, informative and absorbing that makes you want to read more about the period and people covered; in this case Ferdinand and Isabella, Mehmet the Conqueror, Carol Quintus, Suleiman the Magnificent, the famous Ottoman pirates and more

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