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By Barnaby Rogerson

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

The Crusades have been the bridge among medievl and smooth heritage, among feudalism and colonialism. in lots of methods, the lttle explored later Crusades have been the main major of all of them, for thy made the difficulty actually worldwide. The final Crusaders is set the perio's final nice clash among East and West, and the tremendous contest betwee Habsburg-led Christendom and the Ottoman Empire within the 15th and ixteenth centuries. From the nice naval campaigns and the ferocious struggl to dominate the North African shore, the clash opened up alongside trde routes, eating international locations and cultures, destroying dynasties, and spawing the 1st colonial empires in South the United States and the Indian Ocean.

The final Crsaders is narrative background at its richest and such a lot compelling. REVIW: "This is an bold venture and The final Crusaders offers narrative heritage at the grand scale." --Daily Telegraph

"Barnaby Rogerson paints a brilliant canvas, sweeping n scope and entire of memorable detail...The writer is mainly stable at narrating in gripping, andoften grisly, aspect the nice sieges and battles that punctuated thi fight. The booklet is offered with very good maps, an invaluable chronologial chart, a number of illustrations, and a truly complete bibliography. The wriing is attractive and brilliant, by no means pedantic. Any background buff will locate this bok a pleasure." -ForeWord Review

"Rogerson's narrative colorsthe conflicts of the 16th century with the derring-do of kings, corsair, and crusaders; this ebook will retain readers up long gone bedtime" -- Foreord Magazine

"This completely readable publication offers a colourful advert well-organized account of this tumultuous, lesser-known interval of histoy. hugely steered for either scholars and basic readers." - Library Jornal STARRED REVIEW

"The final Crusaders is an interesting istory of the nice clash among Christianity and Islam from the mid-140s to the mid-1500s...Rogerson proves himself a skillful storyteller as he recunts the deeds and misdeeds of either sides." -Internet assessment of Books

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Portugal was propelled into becoming a world power, the first mercantile superstate (with bases in four continents) through waging her hundred-year Last Crusade against Morocco. It would be under the adapted banner of the Knights Templars that the first squadron of the Portuguese navy would conquer and kill its way along the coasts of India, East Africa and the East Indies. The commanders of this Portuguese conquest would win their entry into the chivalry of the Crusading Orders surrounded by dead Indians and Africans.

It is known as Ceuta (Septem by the Romans) in honour of the Seven Sleepers, and is one of those urban survivals that, over two thousand years, passed from Phoenician to Roman to Byzantine and latterly Islamic rule in an unbroken heritage of the trading civilisation of the Mediterranean seas. Ceuta grew prosperous over the medieval centuries, for into its narrow streets poured every Moorish, Saharan and Jewish trader with an ear for business, both to exchange the goods of eastern and western Islam (the Mashraq and the Maghreb) and for the more animated barterings over the exotic products brought up by camel caravans from the far south: that precious litany of ebony, tusks of ivory, bales of ostrich feathers and quills of gold dust.

I hope he is pleased to see his work under the same covers as the charts of Piri Reis, made specifically for the attention and tactical education of Sultan Suleyman the Magnificent. INTRODUCTION The Last Crusaders is the product of a thirty-year quest, though what I hoped to discover at the beginning of this journey has long since been transmuted by the search. I set out to explain the last great tectonic shift in the balance of power in the Old World, when the eastern Mediterranean and the Middle East still dominated the global economy.

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