Agents of Empire Knights Corsairs Jesuits and Spies in the Sixteenth Century Mediterranean World In the sixteenth century the Christian states of Western Europe were on the defensive against a Muslim superpower the Empire of the Ottoman sultans There was violent conflict from raiding and corsai

  • Title: Agents of Empire: Knights, Corsairs, Jesuits and Spies in the Sixteenth-Century Mediterranean World
  • Author: Noel Malcolm
  • ISBN: 9780241003893
  • Page: 236
  • Format: Hardcover
  • In the sixteenth century, the Christian states of Western Europe were on the defensive against a Muslim superpower the Empire of the Ottoman sultans There was violent conflict, from raiding and corsairing to large scale warfare, but there were also many kinds of peaceful interaction across the surprisingly porous frontiers of these opposing power blocs Agents of EmpireIn the sixteenth century, the Christian states of Western Europe were on the defensive against a Muslim superpower the Empire of the Ottoman sultans There was violent conflict, from raiding and corsairing to large scale warfare, but there were also many kinds of peaceful interaction across the surprisingly porous frontiers of these opposing power blocs Agents of Empire describes the paths taken through the eastern Mediterranean and its European hinterland by members of two closely related Venetian Albanian families, the Brunis and the Brutis, almost all of them previously invisible to history They include an archbishop in the Balkans, the captain of the papal flagship at the battle of Lepanto, the power behind the throne in the Ottoman province of Moldavia, and a dragoman interpreter at the Venetian embassy in Istanbul Through the life stories of three generations of Brunis and Brutis, Noel Malcolm casts the world between Venice, Rome and the Ottoman Empire in a fresh light, illuminating subjects as diverse as espionage, anti Ottoman rebellion, diplomacy, slave ransoming and the grain trade He describes the conflicting strategies of the Christian powers, and the extraordinarily ambitious plans of the sultans and their viziers Few works since Fernand Braudel s classic account of the sixteenth century Mediterranean, published than sixty years ago, have ranged so widely through this vital period of Mediterranean and European history A masterpiece of scholarship as well as story telling, Agents of Empire builds up a panoramic picture, both of Western power politics and of the interrelations between the Christian and Ottoman worlds.

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    1. Demanding but worth the time and effort; panoramic view of the Ottoman frontier with the West from the 1560's till the early 1600's through the prism of the two Albanian families of the blurb (Bruti and Bruni) who were Catholic and tended to owe allegiance to Venice, Spain or the papacy but also worked for the Ottomans as well as being related with the powerful Muslim Albanian lords of Istanbul (of which five times Grand Vizier Sinan Pasha is still the most famous)The book covers the Council of [...]

    2. A Masterpiece. "Agents of Empire" through the story of two Albanian families Bruti and Bruni describes the lifestyle of XVI century in Mediterranean world. Commerce of grain, construction of galleys, exchange of slaves, espionage and diplomacy are only some topics that make reader revive that era.In a clash between Ottoman Empire and Christendom, Albanians found themselves stranded struggling, managing their lives and writing their own history of Europe from France to Moldova.A tremendous resear [...]

    3. The title ‘Agents of Empire. Knights, Corsairs, Jesuits and Spies in the Sixteenth-Century Mediterranean World’ promises a sweeping saga of pirates and political skulduggery. There is always a possibility that a book written by an academic will not live up to its title, usually because the facts are so densely and dryly presented that it does not make for a smooth and entertaining read. Noel Malcolm has not only undertaken some fascinating research, but delivered a wealth of facts in a panor [...]

    4. Couldn't finish this one in the three weeks the library allots but loved it anyway. This is history for the layperson, served up with lots of context, not a lot of detail, but enough minutiae to keep me amused. The people of the Adriatic coastal regions used fluid nationalities, religions, and languages to survive a rapidly changing world and revolving allegiances. The book focuses on two Albanian families, mostly fixers whose shrewd maneuvering and strategic alliances (including marriages) guar [...]

    5. I loved this book, and having traveled in the Balkans I continue to be suprised by the mixture of religions, cultures and the legacy of the Ottoman empire and the Hapsburgs. Not only a fascinating portait of two families but also a glimpse into the complicated powerplay in the mediterranean.

    6. When I think about Albania, which is not often, I usually think about Communist dictator Enver Hoxha and the hundreds of thousands of reinforced concrete pillboxes he scattered around Albania, preparing for the imminent assault of the imperialists. Other than that, if I’m in a historical mood, I think about Skanderbeg, the Sixteenth Century freedom fighter against the conquering Ottomans. If I’m thinking about the modern era, maybe I think about Mother Teresa, or on a less exalted level, Jim [...]

    7. In the midst of reading what is by any sensible standards an obscure text an historian stumbles on a reference to a text that is even more obscure. Obscure to the point of invisibility. He immediately books a ticket on the next flight to Rome. It is a great way to start a book, and a fine book it is. In essence it is the story of two Albanian families in the second half of the sixteenth century, but it is great example of how the micro can interact with the macro. Family affairs intersect with g [...]

    8. Në dukje të parë titulli origjinal të jep përshtypje se ky libër nuk ka të bëjë fare me historinë e Arbërisë (ose siç e quan vetë autori,Shqipërisë së shekullit XVI) [kjo ndoshta nga vetë fakti se kjo periudhë nuk është edhe aq e studiuar] e duke krijuar paragjykim se në vepër shpalosën histori të ndryshme mbi agjentët dhe diplomacinë e fshehtë e cila ishte në vitët e hershme (pasi që dihet se zhvillimi i diplomacisë së mirëfilltë daton në shekullin e XV-XVI); [...]

    9. How to weave a microhistory into a tapestry of a grand history. The author follows the fates of a single family in the sixteenth century Mediterranean. They were spies, knights, diplomats, jesuits, merchants all the interesting careers one could follow at that time and place. Everything is researched into the tiniest details, which is both hit and miss. When the story touches some grand evens like the battle of Lepanto it is a definite hit. When there are some minor historical events no one care [...]

    10. A scholarly tome - well researched about the 16th century and the wars between:The Ottoman EmpireVeniceThe PopeThe Holy Roman EmpireSpainThe Knights of MaltaBut tedious in the extreme. It was a murderous time

    11. The true success of this book is the incredible amount of time and research that must have gone into it. I'm not sure if Malcolm did it all on his own or if he had help but either way, it is impressive and shows real desire to put forth a book of fact based quality. The centuries old facts he was able to dig up from places in Italy, Turkey, the Balkans etc. is truly praiseworthy. And there were good and useful maps in this book. Always something I look for in a history book.As for the book itsel [...]

    12. Up to 1500 AD, European history focused on the Eastern Mediterranean. After that point, as the Atlantic fronting European powers face outwards to exploit the Americas and the Indian and Pacific Oceans, the Eastern Med became a backwater of European history.One of the values of this book is its focus on that area, and the ongoing sometimes hot, sometimes cold, war between the Habsburgs and the Ottoman Empire in the late 1500s, in the contact zone between them, as the Venetians, caught between col [...]

    13. Historian Malcolm comes across the name Antonio Bruni as a source for a 16th century text. This sends him on a search that reveals two Albanian families , the Brunis and Brutis, living in Venetian controlled Albanian cities in the mid 16th century. He uses the history of these two families to draw a portrait of the Mediterranean world in the last half of the 16th century. Rivalry for power is divided five ways between Spain, Venice, the Pope, Ottoman Empire and Holy Roman Empire. The centerpiece [...]

    14. This book tells the very complex story of diplomatic and military history centered around the Balkans in the 16th century, as the ascendant Ottoman Empire ran up against Venice, the Papacy, the Hapsburgs, and other nascent European states. The period in one in which the trajectory of Ottoman expansion stopped at the Adriatic and focused on the Balkans, which became an area of complex mixed ethnicities, religious conflicts, and proxy wars, as the major states aligned with local groups to build th [...]

    15. This is a good read, full of fascinating detail about Ottoman empire, life and politics as well as European geopolitics in the second half of the sixteenth century. It is not, however, about 'agents of empire' as such, the title is misleading because, while the book is fabulously researched, there is simply a lack of detailed evidence about the Bruni and Bruti families, the central characters. Primary sources are scarce - understandable, given the locations the families lived in but I frankly go [...]

    16. Sir Malcolm has written a marvellous book. It was a joy to read about the gloriously rich lives of many of the male members of the Bruni and Bruti families which featured so significantly in the political machinations and statecraft in the Adriatic & Mediterranean regions in the late 16th century. The book weaves a fantastic tapestry of historical, cultural and biographical themes following the various exploits of the key protagonists against the backdrop of intrigue and espionage in the rel [...]

    17. Geen makkelijk boek, maar bijzonder interessant voor wie geinteresseerd is in de geschiedenis van Europa. De schrijver vond bij toeval wat documenten over twee families uit Albanie (toen voor een deel behorend bij Venetie en voor de rest onder het Ottomaanse rijk. Hij is verder gaan zoeken en het resultaat is de geschiedenis van het deel van Europa waar het Christendom en de Moslims bij elkaar komen in de 2de helft van de 16de eeuw. Goed geschreven, maar wel met zoveel feiten, dat je er maar lan [...]

    18. A historical biography of two families that were almost completely unknown to history until the publication of this book mixed with an overview of late 16th Century SE Europe. The amount of effort and on the ground detective work that must have gone into making this is enormous. A challenging read but well worth the effort.

    19. A tour de force. A fascinating as well as a comprehensive read of the Mediterranean world and the stories of two Albanian families whose contribution are detailed in this masterful piece of history.

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