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    DescriptionThe Mediterranean has nurtured three of the most dazzling civilisations of antiquity, witnessed the birth or growth of three of our greatest religions and links three of the world's six continents. To the peoples living around its periphery, it has served at various times as a cradle and a grave, a bond and a barrier, a blessing and a battlefield. It has inspired writers from Homer and Virgil to Norman Douglas and Patrick Leigh Fermor. Geographically, it is unlike any other sea in the world; in historical importance also, it stands alone. John Julius Norwich has visited every country around its shores; he has written histories of Norman Sicily, of Venice and of Byzantium. Now at last he tells the story of the Middle Sea itself - a story that begins with the Phoenicians and the Pharaohs and ends with the Treaty of Versailles. He takes us through the Arab conquests of Syria and North Africa; the Holy Roman Empire and the Crusades; Ferdinand and Isabella and the Spanish Inquisition; the great sieges of Rhodes and Malta by the Sultan Suleyman the Magnificent; the pirates of the Barbary Coast and the Battle of Lepanto; Nelson and Napoleon; the Greek War of Independence and the Italian Risorgimento. The story ends with the tragic Gallipoli campaign and the war in the desert which brought fame to the enigmatic T.E. Lawrence.

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    The Middle Sea
    A History of the Mediterranean
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) John Julius Norwich
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 688
    Width: 126 mm
    Height: 198 mm
    Thickness: 34 mm
    Weight: 481 g
    ISBN 13: 9781844133086
    ISBN 10: 1844133087

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25590
    BIC E4L: HIS
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.3
    BIC subject category V2: HBT
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1QSM
    BIC subject category V2: RBKC
    BISAC V2.8: HIS037000
    DC22: 909.09822
    BISAC V2.8: HIS039000
    BIC subject category V2: 1QSM
    Thema V1.0: RBKC, NHT
    Thema geographical qualifier V1.0: 1QSM
    Illustrations note
    32 pp colour and b/w illustrations; 8 maps
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    Publication date
    07 August 2007
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    Author Information
    John Julius Norwich is the author of histories of Norman Sicily, the Republic of Venice, the Byzantine Empire and, most recently,The Popes: A History. He has also written on architecture, music and the history plays of Shakespeare, and has presented some thirty historical documentaries on BBC Television.
    Review quote
    "Norwich is a superb narrative historian...With Norwich on the Mediterranean we sense that we are accompanied by an old friend. You can take your Blue Guide, or your Rough Guide, anywhere you like; but if you are planning to go anywhere south of the Alps and north of the Sahara...this is your book" -- Jason Goodwin Literary Review "An expertly paced, occasionally exhilarating read. It may even prove a landmark in popular history-telling...a splendid achievement for its memorable scope and vitality... This wonderfully riveting history reveals our favourite holiday destination in all its glorious, epic depth" -- Jeremy Seal Sunday Telegraph "He spices his narrative liberally with entertaining anecdotes, deft portraits and brisk judgements... Lord Norwich's control of his vast and complex subject matter is masterly. And the subject matter itself is a colourful as history can get" The Economist "Infectiously enthusiastic" Scotsman