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Suleiman the Magnificent: Scourge of Heaven Hardcover – November, 1988


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 220 pages
  • Publisher: Hippocrene Books; First Edition edition (November 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0880291699
  • ISBN-13: 978-0880291699
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.1 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,064,079 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Miguel Faria on March 4, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Suleiman the Magnificent — The Scourge of Heaven by Anthony Bridge is an engaging, but not exhaustive, narrative of the major events in the life and times of the great Ottoman Sultan Suleiman (r. 1520-1566). I was not disappointed in this book, which reads like a charming storybook. The tome is at times suspenseful, always informative, and frequently suitably illustrated, including excellent illustrative maps. I wanted to learn not only about Suleiman’s life and his position in the constellation of Renaissance rulers of this age, but also the interplay with other rulers and subordinates — and in that regard I was satisfied. This book is as much a sketch of the life of the Holy Roman Emperor Charles V (r. 1519-1556) and a recollection of the treacherous exploits of Francis I, King of France (r. 1515-1547), as it is a biography of Suleiman. We must also mention the book contains vivid descriptions of the heroic defenses of the Knights of St. John in Rhodes in 1522, led by their Grand Master de L' Isle Adam, and in Malta in 1565 after becoming the Knights of Malta, led by Jean Parisot de la Valette; the raids of the Barbary Coast corsairs in the Mediterranean and the islands and coastal towns of Italy commanded by the renegade admirals of the Turkish fleet, Barbarrosa and Dragut.

In the narrative, Charles V stands out as a hard-working, conscientious, wise ruler without pretenses and more tolerant than his successor, Philip II, King of Spain, who was also hard-working and devoted but ascetic to the point of being puritanical. Charles is a courageous soldier and commander.
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