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

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An exploration of the later Cruades, written "with the skill of a historian and the flair of a novelist" (The Guardian)

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 th...more
Hardcover, 512 pages
Published March 18th 2010 by Overlook Hardcover
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Flora
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
Bruce MacBain
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...more
Muzaffer Can Karadayi
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...more
Jur
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...more
K.A. Meade
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...more
bkwurm
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...more
Jesse Beutell
Heavy on style and in subtle personal biases, light on sources. Still it is not totally without its merits. Worth the read if you are interested in the subject areas covered.
Sikander
It was indeed classic times. And how kingdoms faught to remain in power. And how religion and trade shaped the course of history and its impact which we still feel at present...

The book is written in a finest story telling style, felt like watching a documentary on those very active years where on one hand Ottaman Empire gained strength along with power of European Kingdoms.
Liviu
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

André Alves
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.
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