David R.'s Reviews > Defenders of the Faith: Charles V, Suleyman the Magnificent, and the Battle for Europe, 1520-1536

Defenders of the Faith by James Reston Jr.
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Jan 05, 2012

it was amazing
bookshelves: world-history

Reston works his magic again with a retelling of the events of the early 16th Century. In the forefront are the dueling monarchs Henry VIII, Francis I, and Charles V; the foolish pope Clement VII, Ottoman Emperor Suleyman the Magnificent, and Martin Luther, among others. Reston organizes his material into ten "acts" and the drama is a real page-turner. It even takes on a soap opera quality with the intrigues in Suleyman's court, Henry and his effort to divorce Katherine of Aragon, Vatican power plays, and the what's-Luther-going-to-say-next? question. Fun and informative.

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