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  • Taschenbuch: 260 Seiten
  • Verlag: Ereads.Com (3. April 2010)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 075929934X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0759299344
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 14 x 1,5 x 21,6 cm
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  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 290.277 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)

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Malta, then one of the easternmost bastions of Christendom, was attacked in 1565 by the Sultan of Turkey with 200 ships and 40,000 men. This book is based upon historical records and tells how approximately 700 Knights of St John plus 9,000 men defended Malta against the Sultan's armed forces. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.

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Ernle Bradford was born in 1922 and died in 1986. He was a noted British historian specializing in the Mediterranean world and naval topics. Bradford was an enthusiastic sailor himself and spent almost thirty years sailing the Mediterranean, where many of his books are set. He served in the Royal Navy during World War II, finishing as the first lieutenant of a destroyer. Bradford lived in Malta for a number of years. He did occasional broadcast work for the BBC, was a magazine editor, and wrote many books, including Hannibal, Paul the Traveller, Julius Caesar: The Pursuit of Power, Christopher Columbus, and The Mighty Hood. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Taschenbuch.


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6 von 6 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von doug bonforte am 20. Juni 2000
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If you like such movies as "BRAVEHEART", "BEN-HUR" and "ZULU!", this book is for you; I couldn't put it down. Although written in the early 1960's, it remains THE landmark work on the Great Siege. The author paints such incredibly vivid pictures of the principal actors, the period and the heroic battle actions that he brings the Siege to life. While the book is a bit short on specific details for the serious historian, it more than compensates for this with its crisp, almost electric pace and non-stop action. Indeed a 1999 retelling of the Siege showed clear tribute to Bradford by aping his prose, but the result was a clumsy, ham-handed effort. Stick with this one - the original - and you won't go wrong. This is storytelling at its finest.
For those with a little imagination, "The Great Siege" will be the best war movie you'll never see. Whether you like fiction or history, this book is sure to please.
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Stunning read, brilliant story, absolutely compelling! 11. Juni 2001
Von Sailoil - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I just don't know how this story has escaped the clutches of Hollywood. The Great Siege of Malta has to be one of the most amazing conflicts of military history. The might of the Ottoman Empire thrown against a miniscule band of ageing knights of the Order of St John. How could Malta ever hope to hold for even a week?
Ernle Bradford gives a clear and informative account of the events of the siege, based on good research. There is no need for him to dramatise the story. This is compelling reading and a story that tells itself.
If you don't know this story you have to read it. No excuses, believe me, you want to read this story. History never was as good as this in school.
This book does not have five stars for nothing. Listen to me, you have to read it. (anyone would think I was on commission here).
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Determined Attack, Dauntless Defense 17. Juni 2004
Von George R Dekle - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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In the mid 1500's the Ottoman Turk Suleiman the Magnificent was a septagenarian, but he still was the most powerful ruler in the world. He had carved out an empire in the Middle East, and he wanted to expand it into Europe.
A small group of men on a miniscule island in the Mediterranean didn't exactly stand in his way, but they were a bloody nuisance. They were the Knights of St. John of the Hospital, a relic of the Crusades. Driven from the Holy Land, they had settled in Rhodes and become pirates preying on Moslem shipping. The Turks had twice beseiged Rhodes and finally driven out the pesky Knights, but the Knights took refuge on Malta and continued to be a thorn in Suleiman's flesh.
Suleiman decided to destroy them, capture Malta, and use its port as a base of operations against Europe. He sent an armada and an army to do the job, and a few thousand defenders faced off against tens of thousands of invaders.
The Turks decided to capture the harbor first so that their ships would have a safe haven against possible storms. A small fort called Fort St. Elmo stood in their way. They figured they could overwhelm the Fort in less than a week, occupy the harbor, and the rest of the island would soon fall to their attack.
When we think of famous last stands, we think of the Alamo and Thermopylae. The Spartans withstood the Persians for 3 days at Thermopylae. The Texans withstood the Mexicans for 13 at the Alamo. Fort St. Elmo stood for an entire month before it finally succumbed. The defenders of Fort St. Elmo fought stubbornly and to the last man, enduring unimaginable hardship, and they wrought terrible slaughter on the Turks.
When the fort fell, the Turks took no prisoners and mutilated the bodies of the fallen defenders. Grand Master La Vallette of the Knights responded by decapitating all his Turkish POW's and using the severed heads as cannonballs to bombard the enemy. Then the battle for Malta began in earnest, with no quarter asked and none given.
The seige of Malta is a gripping tale of brutality, courage, and tenacity peopled with larger-than-life protagonists like Suleiman the Magnificent, Grand Master La Vallette, and Dragut the Barbary Coast pirate.
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How Did Hollywood Miss This One! 20. Juni 2000
Von doug bonforte - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch
If you like such movies as "BRAVEHEART", "BEN-HUR" and "ZULU!", this book is for you; I couldn't put it down. Although written in the early 1960's, it remains THE landmark work on the Great Siege. The author paints such incredibly vivid pictures of the principal actors, the period and the heroic battle actions that he brings the Siege to life. While the book is a bit short on specific details for the serious historian, it more than compensates for this with its crisp, almost electric pace and non-stop action. Indeed a 1999 retelling of the Siege showed clear tribute to Bradford by aping his prose, but the result was a clumsy, ham-handed effort. Stick with this one - the original - and you won't go wrong. This is storytelling at its finest.
For those with a little imagination, "The Great Siege" will be the best war movie you'll never see. Whether you like fiction or history, this book is sure to please.
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captivating! 27. Dezember 2001
Von Roger E. Herman - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch
First of all, I must confess to you that I normally do not read military history or battlefield stories. A book about one of the most life-changing historical events on a 122-square mile island nation in the Mediterranean Sea may be important to people on Malta, but not me. Except that I went to Malta for a vacation and was given a copy of the book by another traveler who had just finished it. "Good book," he proclaimed, so I started reading.
I couldn't put the book down. I hungrily read chapter after chapter. The tale of how the Knights of St. John defended this strategically important island from the onslaught of a Turkish force was fascinating. The Turks in the 1500s were a powerful nation whose dominance spread far and wide. The Knights of St. John held the island of Malta, strategically positioned to enable the Sultan to conquer Europe. Interstingly, the clash also pitted Moslems against Christians in a struggle that even has relevance to current events.
A huge force of 200 ships and 40,000 men attempted to overthrow the Knights of St. John whose force numbered about 9,600. The naval and ground battles, the heroism, the strategy, and all the stories leap off the pages. The author brings this centuries-old historical event to life, based on historical research that presents facts and figures which support the story he tells. This is a masterpiece.
Yes, it should be a movie--to rival Ben Hur and a few other box office hits. It is said that to be successful, every movie must have strong characters, violence, and sex. No sex in these pages, but the strong characters and their heroic feats will hold your attention from cover to cover.
Suggestion: go to a web site where you can view a map of Malta to understand the relative position of the locations described so vividly.
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The Knights Victorious! 20. Oktober 2014
Von Bror Erickson - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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What and incredible story. Ernle Bradford does a wonderful job discussing the intricacies of the siege in a fascinating narrative. A few years ago I translated "The Knights of Rhodes:" by Bo Giertz which deals with the Order of St. John of Jerusalem on the Isle of Rhodes during the siege of 1522, an event still remembered by the order during the siege of Malta just 43 years later. Ever since translating that book I've had more than a passing interest in the order and their previous work as well as later exploits. When I picked this book up I couldn't put it down.
Some other reviewers criticize the author for being a bit one sided in telling the tale, but that is one of the things I love about the book. It's one of the things I like about many different British historians in general. They are not obsessed with a politically correct retelling of the events. Drawing on source of Balbi, "a sixty year old, poet, writer and soldier of fortune" from Italy who documented the day to day fighting from Senglea where he himself fought with the Hospitallers during the siege, Bradford fills in the story with his own descriptions of the country and research concerning the battle. The effect is that you get a sense for the fighting and identify with the cause of the Hospitallers. Let the other side tell their story if they wish and justify their own assault on the island of heroes. Sure, both sides resorted to acts that we find hard to comprehend today, though the history of our own lifetime is not a stranger to similar events, yet other reviewers are wrong in saying that Bradford doesn't criticize the Grand Master of Malta, Valette, at all. He does, even if he does show charity, forgiveness and hesitancy in his criticism. Perhaps as a veteran of war himself, he understands the pressures and emotions that can cause a man to do things he might otherwise abstain from.
In a day when it is popular to criticize crusaders and the crusades as being backward and uncivilized etc. This book shows another side to the people who in many ways saved civilization, something made very apparent as one considers the Islamic world of the Ottoman Empire,and soberly assesses the modern Middle East predicaments. Had these men not held out the way they did on Malta it is doubtful that we would have had the freedom to live with our cherished ideals of freedom, tolerance and charity with which so many nonchalantly criticize these men. Great book, well worth the read.
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