Sea of Faith

Sea of Faith : Cross and Crescent Meet in the Medieval Mediterranean

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In a magnificent book Stephen O'Shea evokes the epochal moments of this encounter between the two imperial faiths, bringing to life the instances of conflict and coexistence that were at once the marvel and the talk of an entire world. His story lights on all shores of the Mediterranean and provides a cogent reminder of a shared history. The fall of the Christian Middle East at Yarmuk, Martel's 'wall of ice' at Poitiers, Byzantium's rout at Manzikert, all the way through to Saladin at Jerusalem, Lazar at Kosovo and the suicidal defence of Malta against the Ottomans - these and other fragments of our collective memory come alive and together as part of a huge canvas in this fresh, narrative history. For all those who care about the present day, and the continuing coexistence of these two cultures, history has never been so more

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  • Hardback | 448 pages
  • 144 x 234 x 40mm | 762.05g
  • Profile Books Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 186197521X
  • 9781861975218
  • 1,881,968

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Independent on Sunday - 'A glittering insight into hostile faiths. Every page carries a glittering freight of insight, detail and sometimes caustic observation...the author tells his story with an engaging blend of swagger and sensitivity.' Andrew Wheatcroft,Toronto Globe & Mail - 'O'Shea writes miraculously well...a kind of masterpiece, unlike any other book on the subject.' BBC History Book of the Month - 'There is much to praise in O'Shea's book.' Robert Irwin - 'Stephen O'Shea has a wonderful sense of place and of the survival of the past in the present. In this book he vividly evokes the interaction of Christianity and Islam over ten centuries and their struggle for pre-eminence in the Mediterranean world' Emel (Muslim lifestyle) Magazine interview - 'his book offers a type of hope that is refreshing compared to his often cynical peers.' Library Journal (US) - 'a rich chronicle of historical detail, military confrontation, and political machinations. In a sometimes lyrical and poetic voice, O'Shea tells a fascinating history' Publishers Weekly (US) - 'marvellous accomplishment... provides a remarkable glimpse into the origins of the conflicts between Christians and Muslims as well as their once peaceful coexistence.'show more

About Stephen O'Shea

Stephen O'Shea is a Canadian writer, historian and journalist. His earlier books Back to the Front: an accidental historian walks the trenches of World War I and The Perfect Heresy: the Life and Death of the Cathars were acclaimed as popular history at its more

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