Edition: 2023
Pages: 784
Series: EL
ISBN: 9788842096139

Lepanto. The battle of the three empires

Alessandro Barbero


Flammarion (Francia) - Pasado Y Presente (Spain)



"As soon as the first rumours of the next foray of the Turkish fleet circulated in the West, Pope Pius V decided that the time had come to fulfil a long-cherished dream of his: the union of the Christian powers to face the infidels at sea with overwhelming force, and to dispel once and for all the threat looming over Christianity. When it became increasingly clear that the storm was destined to break over Cyprus, the old inquisitor turned pope, relentless persecutor of Jews and heretics, decided to speed things up."

The Spring of 1570. One and a half years later, on 7 October 1571, Christian Europe would inflict a catastrophic defeat on the Turks. But the real Catholic victory was not celebrated on the battlefield, nor was it measured in conquered lands. The importance of Lepanto lay in its profound emotional impact when, in a deluge of hastily written books, reports, memoirs, speeches, poems and engravings, its fame was celebrated in every angle of Europe.

This book is not the umpteenth history of that day. It is an extraordinary portrait of the year and a half preceding it. It is woven from moods, diplomatic intrigue, soldiers’ songs, the prejudices of both sides, the technology of war, of what the Turks thought of the Christians and vice versa… Only Barbero’s commanding and addictive prose could have taken these threads and produced such a fine tapestry.



The author

Alessandro Barbero

Alessandro Barbero is Italy’s best known historian. His books are all bestsellers in Italy and abroad and his ‘History Lessons’ are widely followed live and on social. He teaches Medieval History at the University of Eastern Piedmont. His latest book, Dante (2020), has sold more than 250,000 copies and has been translated in more than 20 countries.

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