The Siege of Mazagao: A Perilous Moment in the Defence of Christendom against Islam

The Siege of Mazagao: A Perilous Moment in the Defence of Christendom against Islam

by John R.C. Martyn

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The Siege of Mazagao: A Perilous Moment in the Defence of Christendom against Islam by John R.C. Martyn

The siege of Mazagão lasted for three months in 1562. The Portuguese victory over a massive Arabic/Ottoman army safeguarded Iberian trade routes and may have saved Europe from Islamic occupation. An extensive amount of unknown evidence on this battle first appears in the book including two Latin mini-epics on the Siege, an eye-witness prose account (the only reliable one to have survived), and nine letters written by Jesuits under bombardement, sent there to cure the sick and bury the dead. The fortress design is also described.

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ISBN-13: 9780820422107
Publisher: Lang, Peter Publishing, Incorporated
Publication date: 04/01/1994
Series: American University Studies Series: Series 9: History , #144
Pages: 264

About the Author

The Author: John Martyn, after graduating from Cambridge, has been lecturing in the Classics Department at Melbourne University for over thirty years, except when he was a visiting professor at the Universities of Leuven, Toulouse, Berkeley and Oxford. He has edited the Epigrammata of John Owen and the Satires of Juvenal, and has published over 100 articles on Ancient Greek, Latin and Renaissance literature. Dr. Martyn has also published the Tragedy of Ines de Castro and the Comedy of Bristo by António Fereira, André de Resende: On Court Life (Peter Lang, 1990), Friedländer's Essays on Juvenal, and has edited Cicero and Virgil.

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