Agents of Empire

Agents of Empire

Knights, Corsairs, Jesuits and Spies in the Sixteenth-century Mediterranean World

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"In the second half of the sixteenth century, most of the Christian states of Western Europe were on the defensive against a Muslim superpower - the Empire of the Ottoman sultans. There was violent conflict, from raiding and corsairing to large-scale warfare, but there were also many forms of peaceful interaction across the surprisingly porous frontiers of these opposing power-blocs. Agents of Empire describes the paths taken through the eastern Mediterranean and its European hinterland by members of a Venetian-Albanian family, almost all of them previously invisible to history. They include an archbishop in the Balkans, the captain of the papal flagship at the Battle of Lepanto, the power behind the throne in the Ottoman province of Moldavia, and a dragoman (interpreter) at the Venetian embassy in Istanbul. Through the life-stories of these adventurous individuals over three generations, Noel Malcolm casts the world between Venice, Rome and the Ottoman Empire in a fresh light, illuminating subjects as diverse as espionage, diplomacy, the grain trade, slave-ransoming and anti-Ottoman rebellion. He describes the conflicting strategies of the Christian powers, and the extraordinarily ambitious plans of the sultans and their viziers. Few works since Fernand Braudel's classic account of the sixteenth-century Mediterranean, published more than sixty years ago, have ranged so widely through this vital period of Mediterranean and European history. A masterpiece of scholarship as well as story-telling, Agents of Empire builds up a panoramic picture, both of Western power-politics and of the interrelations between the Christian and Ottoman worlds."--Book jacket.
Publisher: London :, Penguin Books,, 2016.
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9780141978376
Branch Call Number: 940.230922 Mal
Characteristics: xxv, 604 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some colour), maps, genealogical table ; 20 cm


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Feb 29, 2016

an exciting and active historical era, good research and writing and an interesting perspective, I even recommend and enjoyed the forward, made for an excellent read. i'll likely be checking this one out again

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