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Defenders of the Faith Charles V, Suleyman the Magnificent, and the Battle for Europe, 1520-1536

ISBN-10: 1594202257
ISBN-13: 9781594202254
Edition: 2009
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Description: A bestselling historian recounts sixteen years that shook the world— the epic clash between Europe and the Ottoman Turks that ended the Renaissance and brought Islam to the gates of Vienna In the bestselling Warriors of Godand Dogs of God, James  More...

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List price: $29.95
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 12/31/2009
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 432
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 1.562

A bestselling historian recounts sixteen years that shook the world— the epic clash between Europe and the Ottoman Turks that ended the Renaissance and brought Islam to the gates of Vienna In the bestselling Warriors of Godand Dogs of God, James Reston, Jr., limned two epochal conflicts between Islam and Christendom. Here he examines the ultimate battle in that centuries-long war, which found Europe at its most vulnerable and Islam on the attack. This drama was propelled by two astonishing young sovereigns: Holy Roman Emperor Charles V and Turkish sultan Suleyman the Magnificent. Though they represented two colliding worlds, they were remarkably similar. Each was a poet and cultured cosmopolitan; each was the most powerful man on his continent; each was called “Defender of the Faith”; and each faced strident religious rebellion in his domain. Charles was beset by the “heresy” of Martin Luther and his fervid adherents, even while tensions between him and the pope threatened to boil over, and the upstart French king Francis I harried Charles’s realm by land and sea. Suleyman was hardly more comfortable on his throne. He had earned his crown by avoiding the grim Ottoman tradition of royal fratricide. Shiites in the East were fighting off the Sunni Turks’ cruel repression of their “heresy.” The ferocity and skill of Suleyman’s Janissaries had expanded the Ottoman Empire to its greatest extent ever, but these slave soldiers became rebellious when foreign wars did not engage them. With Europe newly hobbled and the Turks suffused with restless vigor, the stage was set for a drama that unfolded from Hungary to Rhodes and ultimately to Vienna itself, which both sides thought the Turks could win. If that happened, it was generally agreed that Europe would become Muslim as far west as the Rhine. During these same years, Europe was roiled by constant internal tumult that saw, among other spectacles, the Diet of Worms, the Sack of Rome, and an actual wrestling match between the English and French monarchs in which Henry VIII’s pride was badly hurt. Would—could—this fractious continent be united to repulse a fearsome enemy?

James Reston, Jr., is the author of eleven previous books, including "The Last Apocalypse" & "Galileo: A Life". He has written articles for "The New Yorker", "Esquire", "Vanity Fair", "Time", "Rolling Stone", & many other publications, & the scripts for three "Frontline" documentaries. He lives in Chevy Chase, Maryland.

Foreword
The Die is Cast
An Emperor Arrives in Europe
The Sword of Osman
Son of Satan
A Field of Fool's Gold
Let it Be Done!
The Sultan of Love and War
Horsetails and Worms
A Diet of Worms
The Shadow of God Spreads Northward
Henry's Harangue
The Blood Sport of Kings and Popes
Ancestral Aspirations
Holy Smoke
The Nest of Christian Vipers
In the Truest Sense
In the Extremity of His Affliction
The Capture of a King
The Great Plan
The Last Battle in the Age of Chivalry
My Honor and My Life
I Am King Once Again!
More Was Lost at Mohacs
The Golden-Grilled Window
The Highway of Holy Struggle
Squabbling at Spires
The Game Pack of Jihad
The Sow and Her Piglet
The Sack of Rome
Alas, Poor Italy
Setting the Stage
Pay! Pay!
Rabble at Porta San Spirito
The End of the Renaissance
Single Combat
Showdown at Blackfriars
More Than Table Talk
His Mouth Rains Pearls
The Gates of Vienna
The Banks of the Rhine River
Coronation in Fat City
The Creed of Protest
Ceremony of Amnesia
Last Gasp in Europe
Two Wives
Futile Diplomacy
Stuck at Guns
The Pomposity of Ibrahim Pasha
The Natural Enemy
Two Iraqs
Charles and the Barbary Sea Dogs
Tunis: The Last Crusade
Baghdad, Abode of Peace
The Abrupt End of a Great Friendship
Epilogue
Acknowledgments
Selected Bibliography
Index

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