Defenders of the Faith

Defenders of the Faith

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

Book - 2009
Average Rating:
1
Rate this:
In his Warriors of God and Dogs of God , James Reston, 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?

Publisher: New York : Penguin Press, 2009.
ISBN: 9781594202254
1594202257
Call Number: 940.232 RESTON
Characteristics: xxi, 407 p., [16] p. of plates : ill., map ; 25 cm
Subjects: Süleyman I, Sultan of the Turks, 1494 or 1495-1566.
Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor, 1500-1558.
Vienna (Austria) -- History -- Siege, 1529 -- Religious aspects.
Turkey -- Religion -- 16th century.
Holy Roman Empire -- Religion -- 16th century.
Turkey -- Foreign relations -- Holy Roman Empire.
Holy Roman Empire -- Foreign relations -- Turkey.
Turkey -- History -- Süleyman I, 1520-1566.
Holy Roman Empire -- History -- Charles V, 1519-1556.
Religion and civilization.

Opinion

From the critics


Community Activity

Comment

Add a Comment

rafaelegranados Apr 16, 2015

This book gives a high level explanation of the following events:

+ How the Catholic church interacted with Luther

+ How the Catholic church lost England

+ A bit of a cultural description of Europe vs the Ottoman Empire

Age

Add Age Suitability

There are no ages for this title yet.

Summary

Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.

Notices

Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.

Quotes

Add a Quote

There are no quotes for this title yet.

Explore Further

Browse by Call Number

Recommendations

Subject Headings

  Loading...

Find it at GCPL

  Loading...
[]
[]
To Top