Sultan's Admiral: Barbarossa - Pirate and Empire Builder

Sultan's Admiral: Barbarossa - Pirate and Empire Builder


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Sultan's Admiral: Barbarossa - Pirate and Empire Builder by Ernle Bradford

In this definitive biography, Ernle Bradford has brilliantly recreated Barbarossa’s remarkable life alongside a vivid portrayal of the Ottoman and Mediterranean worlds at this thrilling moment in history. Admiral, naval hero, pirate, warrior and empire-builder, Kheir ed-Din or Barbarossa, as he was known in the West, was a legendary figure. Born on Lesbos in Greece he rose to become High Admiral of the Ottoman Navy, Sultan of Algiers and friend and advisor to Suleiman the Magnificent. His life dominated the history of the Mediterranean in the 16th century. From the moment that he and his brother, Aruj, established themselves on the North African coast, the pattern of life and trade in the Mediterranean changed forever and for nearly 300 years after it was affected by the activities of raiders from what came to be called the Barbary Coast. His achievements in reorganizing the Ottoman Navy and his command of it helped the expansion of the Turkish Empire that threatened all of Europe.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781845117931
Publisher: I. B.Tauris & Company, Limited
Publication date: 01/15/2009
Series: Tauris Parke Paperbacks Series
Pages: 248
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Ernle Bradford (1922-1986) was a prominent British historian specializing in the Mediterranean world and naval history. Bradford served in the Navy for the duration of World War II and later travelled throughout the Mediterranean, living for a while on Malta. He was a BBC broadcaster and magazine editor. He was also the author of many acclaimed books, including biographies Cleopatra, Hannibal, Caesar as well as The Mediterranean, The Story of the Mary Rose and Ulysses Found.

Table of Contents

• List of Illustrations
• Foreword by John Freely
• Galleys of the Raiders
• The Barbarossa Brothers
• The Home of the Corsairs
• Failure of an Expedition
• The Revenge of Genoa
• Sultan of Agiers
• The Death of Aruj
• Wreck of a Fleet
• Kheir-ed-Din the Seaman
• A Year to Remember
• Barbarossa Enters the Golden Horn
• Creator of the Ottoman Navy
• Triumphant Summer
• Tunis Lost – Minorca Stormed
• Venice Learns a Lesson
• Devastation of the Islands
• Barbarossa Confronts Andrea Doria
• Triumph in the Ionian
• Glut in the Slave Market
• High Admiral of the Ottomans
• “The King of the Sea is Dead”
• Bibliography
• Notes
• Index

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