The Siege Of Viennaby John Stoye
The definitive account of the last serious threat to Western civilization by the armies of Islam. The siege of Vienna in 1683 was one of the turning points in European history. It was the last serious threat to Western Christendom--so disastrous was its potential outcome that countries normally jealous and hostile sank their differences to throw back the Muslim armies and their savage Tartar allies. The consequences of defeat were momentous: the Ottomans lost half of their European territories and began the long decline which led to the final collapse of their empire; and the Habsburgs turned their attention from France and the Rhine frontier to the rich pickings of the Balkans. That hot day in September witnessed the last great trial of Cross and Crescent. "Masterly...Stoye follows the action meticulously." --The Wall Street Journal
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Meet the Author
John Stoye is a Fellow in Modern History at Magdalen College, Oxford, where he lives. He has written several books including Europe Unfolding: 1648-1666, Marsigli's Europe: 1680-1730 and English Travellers Abroad: 1604-1667.
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While the German-born author is praised for his command of English, his story telling ability is poor. I felt I was dropped into the middle of the history, deluged with names of people and places and left to sort out what he was trying to tell me. After 112 pages of struggling to understand what he obviously was passionate about, I gave up.