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    DescriptionBy the late fifteenth century Ottoman Turkish mastery of the Eastern Mediterranean was nearly complete. However, the tiny island of Rhodes, just a few kilometres from the south-west coast of Turkey, remained a thorn in their side. Home to the walled headquarters of the Knights Hospitaller, a crusading Order of "warrior monks", Rhodes was besieged for three months by the full might of the Turkish army and artillery in 1480, but emerged undefeated. The Ottomans would inevitably return, so the Hospitallers strengthened and adapted their fortifications and defences in preparation for another siege. The Ottomans attacked again in 1522 and, after six months, captured Rhodes but were unable to defeat the Hospitallers who were allowed to leave with their lives, arms and possessions. Why were the Knights Hospitaller able to remain undefeated against the most powerful military force in the world? And what changes were made to the fortifications of their island stronghold? This book uniquely uses the eyewitness accounts, surviving guns and extant walls to deconstruct the story of these two sieges in detail, and uses these events as a backdrop to explore the wider relationship between the development of gunpowder weapons and the fortifications built to defend against them. Including detailed appendices with a wealth of images of the cannon and walls, this book will fascinate not only visitors to Rhodes, but also those who are interested in the art of medieval warfare.


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    Title
    Rhodes Besieged: A New History
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Kelly De Vries, By (author) Robert Douglas Smith
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 288
    Width: 172 mm
    Height: 244 mm
    Thickness: 14 mm
    Weight: 522 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780752461786
    ISBN 10: 0752461788
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25590
    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1DVG
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.2
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BIC subject category V2: HBJD
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 03
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 01
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 05
    Libri: I-HP
    Ingram Subject Code: HP
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/MEDIVL
    B&T General Subject: 431
    Ingram Theme: CULT/GREECE
    BISAC V2.8: HIS037010, HIS002000
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: HIS042000
    BIC subject category V2: 1DVG
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: HIS027000
    DC22: 949.587
    LC classification: DF901.R42 S65 2011
    LC subject heading: , , ,
    BISAC region code: 1.7.3.0.0.0.0
    Thema V1.0: NHW, NHD, NHDJ
    Illustrations note
    Illustrations (some col.)
    Publisher
    The History Press Ltd
    Imprint name
    The History Press Ltd
    Publication date
    01 May 2012
    Publication City/Country
    Stroud
    Author Information
    Kelly Devries holds a PhD in Medieval Studies from the University of Toronto and is a professor of history at Loyola University Maryland. He is the author of" Joan of Arc: A Military Leader." Robert Douglas Smith is a museum consultant.
    Review quote
    "a very good account of these critical events." --The NYMAS Review