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Victory of the West: The Great Christian-Muslim Clash at the Battle of Lepanto Paperback – April 8, 2008
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Some inaccuracies: at page 187 the moschetto, a small piece of artillery was named after a bird, a special kind of falcon; at page 192 Antonio (and not Arturo) Surian, called the Armenian, was a very well known inventor and not a Master Gunner. This is all I have been able to discover so far but, being green with envy, I am sure that reading the book again I'll be able to uncover other crucial blunders of the same magnitude.
Summing up: a virtually flawless, superior level academic work that can be read with absolute ease and pleasure.
Niccolo Capponi's book on the Battle of Curzolaris (AKA Lepanto to many Americans)is well worth the time to read. Though he breaks no real new ground, his detail and love of subject (pre 16th century Med cultures, esp. Italy)shows. Copiously end noted with many charts comparing manpower, ships, armaments, losses etc (about 20% of the book), the book puts together an engrossing story of a world at war.
From the pre League political climate and the earlier attempts to forge a concerted Christian force to battle the Ottomans as they ravaged the shores of Europe, Mr. Capponi's book does an admirable job of illustrating the problems and weaknesses of Christian Europe at this time. He notes how the new Pope, Pius V would be the mover and true shaker of the enterprise. to do so, he had to overcome a relucant Spain, many suspicious Italian states, the crusading orders of St Stephen and Hospitallers, the machinations of France trying to aid its Ottoman allies(!), and everyone's suspicions of Venice. By devious use of subsidies and reminders of religious duty, Pius finally cobbles together his League.
Ironically it would be the Ottoman capture of Famagusta(Cyprus), a Venetian possession and the treatment of the garrison and inhabitants that would cause a creaky alliance to tun into a avenging force that went on to destroy the bulk of the Ottoman fleet.Read more ›
In addition to the above, I also personally feel that John F. Guilmartin has given better explanations for the demise of the Ottoman Navy, in both his classic text, "Gunpowder and Galleys", and his more recent book, "Galleons and Galleys".Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent account from a very learned scholar. Capponi goes right to the source material because of his excellent grasp of so many languages. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Fran Fawcett Peterson
Great book! Capponi gave some very insightful background as to how the Holy League was formed, which I really enjoyed, and had a riveting narrative throughout the book's entirety. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Davis
This author knows his material forwards and backwards; he lays out the battle by going into all aspects: the ships, the men involv-
ed, the arms, whether musketry or swords,... Read more
I lack the expertise to comment on this book's technical information. For me it is a masterly account of the battle, the events leading to it, and its aftermath. Read morePublished on June 16, 2013 by M.H.G.
I have read a lot of books about this time period and subject. I enjoyed this book, and the author clearly did his homework and I do recommend this it as an enjoyable and... Read morePublished on May 28, 2013 by Chekk
I hate it when a book title does not describes a book properly. This is one of these books. This book is a study of about 30 years that lead up to the battle of Lepanto. Read morePublished on October 30, 2008 by BernardZ
A good description of this so important battle events that lead to it and the main characters involved. Read morePublished on January 10, 2008 by Pi