By Roger Crowley
In 1521, Suleiman the terrific, Muslim ruler of the Ottoman Empire, dispatched an invasion fleet to the Christian island of Rhodes. this could turn out to be the outlet shot in an epic conflict among rival empires and faiths for keep watch over of the Mediterranean and the heart of the area. In Empires of the Sea, acclaimed historian Roger Crowley has written an exciting account of this brutal decades-long conflict among Christendom and Islam for the soul of Europe, a fast moving story of spiraling depth that levels from Istanbul to the Gates of Gibraltar. Crowley evokes a wild forged of pirates, crusaders, and spiritual warriors suffering for supremacy and survival in a story of slavery and galley war, determined bravery and utter brutality. Empires of the ocean is a narrative of outstanding colour and incident, and gives a vital context for our personal conflict of civilizations.