The Middle Sea : A History of the Mediterranean
by John Julius Norwich
Editor: Vintage Publishing
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An electrifying account of the history of the Mediterranean, of Egyptian antiquity of 1919, of the author of the bestseller The Popes and Sicily: A Brief History of the Mediterranean has nourished three of the most dazzling civilizations of antiquity, has witnessed the growth of three of our greatest religions and links in three the world on six continentsJohn Julius Norwich visited all the countries around its shores; now he tells the story of the Middle Sea – a story that begins with the Pharaohs and ends with the Treaty of Versailles – in a dramatic account of the remarkable civilizations that have grown and fell on the lands of the MediterraneanCleverly studied and skilfully executed, Norwich takes us through the Arab conquests of Syria and North Africa; the Holy Roman Empire and the Crusades; Ferdinand and Queen Isabel and the Spanish Inquisition; the great sieges of Rhodes and Malta by Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent; the pirates of the Barbary Coast and the Battle of Lepanto; Nelson and Napoleon; the Greek War of Independence and the Italian RenaissanceIn the Middle of the Sea is colorful, centered on the characters of history in its most pleasant form and is the culmination of John Julius Norwich’s brilliant career as one of the greatest lovers of anecdotal history”A rhythm expert, fascinating to reada landmark in popular history- tellinga magnificent achievement for its memorable scope and vitalityThis wonderfully fascinating story reveals our favorite vacation destination in all its glorious, epic depth ” Sunday Telegraph
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