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Product Details

  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Tauris Parke Paperbacks (January 15, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 184511793X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845117931
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.8 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #468,414 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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*The only biography, in or out of print, of this singularly important figure in Turkish maritime history and a rattling yarn that recalls exciting tales of swashbuckling pirates.* --John Freely

 

*Bradford does more than just narrate the facts of his biography, he magnificently captures the spirit of the age as he describes the in thrilling prose ships that 'enchant the eye' or that 'glide swiftly forward'. These beautiful descriptions lead you to feel you are reading a gripping novel, not a history book.* -- Marion James, Today`s Zaman

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Ernle Bradford (1922-1986) was a prominent British historian specializing in the Mediterranean world and naval history. Bradford served in the Navy for the duration of World War II and later travelled throughout the Mediterranean, living for a while on Malta. He was a BBC broadcaster and  magazine editor.  He was also the  author of many acclaimed books, including biographies Cleopatra, Hannibal, Caesar  as well as The Mediterranean, The Story of the Mary Rose and Ulysses Found.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Naeem Ali on November 11, 2013
Format: Paperback
Kheir-ed-Din Barbarossa is a relative unknown in the west but is celebrated in the Muslim east. He is held in high esteem no different than Lord Nelson in England. In Turkey he is the subject of children's books and his navel victory at Preveza is marked by a national holiday. By contrast, Europe remembers him as a pirate, a murderous corsair, a thief and considers him an insignificant figure. It is this image that has become popular.

Mr. Bradford's biography of Kheir-ed-Din Barbarossa removes these popular images. He paints a picture of a highly cultured and intelligent man who had a significant impact on North Africa, the Mediterranean and he left behind a legacy that would endure for at least 3 centuries.

Kheir-ed-Din began his career under the tutelage of his older brother Aruj in 1504. The two brothers left for North Africa with nothing more than 2 galleots and by 1533, Kheir-ed-Din had created the Kingdom of Algiers. The Kingdom would last for 3 centuries dictating trade and the movement of ships well into the 19th century. This by itself would have marked Kheir-ed-Din as a man of stature but this was just a prelude.

Sultan Suleiman of the Ottoman Empire was in desperate need of a competent naval commander. Kheir-ed-Din's reputation preceded him and as a result he was appointed commander of the Ottoman fleet. He would rebuild the fleet from the ground up.

With the new fleet, Kheir-ed-Din conquered everything in the Aegean, Ionian and ravaged the Italian coast culminating in a major navel engagement at Preveza against the combined fleets of Venice, Genoa and the Pope. Outnumbered 2 to 1, Kheir-ed-Din would defeat the fleet and establish Ottoman supremacy at sea.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 1, 1999
Format: Hardcover
This book starts at the beginning and traces the roots of the family and the development of piracy in the Mediterranean. It is well written and fast paced. It is researched and documented well with many references to original sources. A good read.
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Aggrandizes and romanticizes Kheir ud-Din in breezy, swashbuckling style. Makes for highly readable, if uncritical, retracement of the age of North African corsairs bedeviling the Christian powers of Europe on the Mediterranean. Decent stuff by reasonable standards of historical biography for general readers, although it is more annotated chronicle than biography.
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