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

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  129 ratings  ·  13 reviews
The Crusades were the bridge between medieval and modern history, between feudalism and colonialism. In many ways, the little explored later Crusades were the most significant of them all, for thy made the crisis truly global. The Last Crusaders is about the period's last great conflict between East and West, and the titanic contest between Habsburg-led Christendom and the ...more
Hardcover, 512 pages
Published March 18th 2010 by Harry N. Abrams
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Atlas Can
Apr 14, 2012 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
Tony Laplume
Nov 08, 2018 rated it did not like it
A ridiculous work of apologetic, “fake news” history, mere propaganda. Fascinating subject matter almost makes me want to read the whole book. But Rogerson’s only real goal is to cheer on the Muslims, which is not to say Islam is bad, but that biased history is bad history.
Mar 21, 2011 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
Sep 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Very well written, popular history. Although it's a history of wars and battles he doesn't get bogged down in right flank/left flank blow-by-blows (who the flank cares is my attitude). Lots of great backgrounding for the conflicts with the occasional "too good to be true" historical legend thrown in as fact.
Dec 25, 2018 rated it did not like it
This book is fiction at best, and revision of history at worst.
It should not be classified as a history book. It has a one-sided book, and it seems to have a very biased agenda.
Mar 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Phenomenal book with so much information that at times my brain stopped absorbing all the info. Rogerson gives the perspective of Christian and Muslim leaders and generals. He doesn't suppose information he can't definitively source, this made the parts filled with questions especially exciting for me. To have read about a new king killing all his male kin then pondering about why this or that person was allowed to live was an added bonus to reading this book.

For all that, Barnaby Rogerson is a
Bruce MacBain
Jan 23, 2010 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
Mar 18, 2014 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 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
Jun 10, 2011 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
Anne Marie
Jan 26, 2017 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.
André Alves
Sep 29, 2012 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.
Mar 24, 2010 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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