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    Demanding but worth the time and effort; panoramic view of the Ottoman frontier with the West from the 1560's till the early 1600's th

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    When I think about Albania which is not often I usually think about Communist dictator Enver Hoxha and the hundreds of thousands of reinforced concrete pillboxes he scattered around Albania preparing for the imminent assault of the imperialists Other than that if I’m in a historical mood I think about Skanderbeg the Sixteenth Century freedom fighter against the conuering Ottomans If I’m thinking about the modern era maybe I th

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    A Masterpiece Agents of Empire through the story of two Albanian families Bruti and Bruni describes the lifestyle of XVI century in Mediterranean world Commerce of grain construction of galleys exchange of slaves espionage and diplomacy are only some topics that make reader revive that eraIn a clash between Ottoman Empire and Christendom Albanians found themselves stranded struggling managing their lives and writing their own h

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    The title ‘Agents of Empire Knights Corsairs Jesuits and Spies in the Sixteenth Century Mediterranean World’ promises

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    Couldn't finish this one in the three weeks the library allots but loved it anyway This is history for the layperson served up with lots of context not a lot of detail but enough minutiae to keep me amused The people of the Adriatic coastal regions used fluid nationalities religions and languages to survive a rapidly changing world and revolv

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    I loved this book and having traveled in the Balkans I continue to be suprised by the mixture of religions cultures and the legacy o

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    A really excellent piece of well researched popular history this book's focus on the personal histories of the me

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    This is a fantsstic book for readers who are fascinated by 16th C Europe A century called 'the great century' by the French one dominated by the Habsburgs in the West and the Ottomans in the East with the Venetian empire sandwiched in between and desperately struggling to ward off the imperial ambitions that engulfed it The Bruni and Bruti families of Albania are the prism through which this stirring and dramatic world is brought to life

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    The story of several generations of the Albanian Bruti and Bruni families as they made their fortunes spying warring and trading with every major power in the Mediterranean during the late 16th century This deserves and extra star purely for the uality and depth of the research I am not exaggerating when I say that this is probably

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    Historian Malcolm comes across the name Antonio Bruni as a source for a 16th century text This sends him on a search that reveals two Albanian families the Brunis and Brutis living in Venetian controlled Albanian cities in the mid 16th century He uses the history of these two families to draw a portrait of the Mediterranean world in the last half of the 16th century Rivalry for power is divided five ways between Spain Venice the

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Ain trade He describes the conflicting strategies of the Christian powers and the extraordinarily ambitious plans of the sultans and their viziers Few works since Fernand Braudel's classic account of the sixteenth century Mediterranean published than sixty years ago have ranged so widely through this vital period of Mediterranean and European history A masterpiece of scholarship as well as story telling Agents of Empire builds up a panoramic picture both of Western power politics and of the interrelations between the Christian and Ottoman worlds.. A really excellent piece of well researched popular history this book s focus on the personal histories of the members of two intertwined late 16th century Albanian families raises it from what could have easily been a dull political history of the Eastern Mediterranean into a fascinating and engaging story of actual peopleThe lives chronicled are not those of Popes and Emperors but of three generations of minor nobles from the small town of Ulcinj who are are nonetheless involved in some of the most significant events of the century A knight of Malta at the battle of Lepanto who later fought Huguenots in France an Archbishop at the council of Trent and a diplomatspy at the Ottoman court are but a few of the related individuals featured By focusing on these personal stories the book gives a sense of how macro historical events impact the lives of those not important enough to figure in the grand historical narrative the conuest of Ulcinj by the Ottomans for example is no long a mere historical footnote but a dramatic and life changing moment for the town s exiled survivorsThe book provides ample context throughout for the lay reader I had few problems following the narrative even given my pretty patchy knowledge of Renaissanceearly modern Europe which only occasionally veers towards the overly dry but shines brightest when it is following the members of the Bruni and Bruti families As somebody used to working with the material possessions of sadly largely anonymous Iron AgeRoman people I found the level of detail that could be derived about the lives of the Brunis and Brutis from the surviving letters and records often astonishing especially given the author s assertion that almost none of the family members had received any previous historical attentionWould definitely recommend to anybody who is interested in 16th century VeniceOttoman Empire and wants something engaging than your standard historical overview

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In the sixteenth century the Christian states of Western Europe were on the defensive against a Muslim superpower the Empire of the Ottoman sultans There was violent conflict from raiding and corsairing to large scale warfare but there were also many kinds of peaceful interaction across the surprisingly porous frontiers of these opposing power blocs Agents of Empire describes the paths taken through the eastern Mediterranean and its European hinterland by members of two closely related Venetian Albanian families the Brunis and the Brutis almost a. Demanding but worth the time and effort panoramic view of the Ottoman frontier with the West from the 1560 s till the early 1600 s through the prism of the two Albanian families of the blurb Bruti and Bruni who were Catholic and tended to owe allegiance to Venice Spain or the papacy but also worked for the Ottomans as well as being related with the powerful Muslim Albanian lords of Istanbul of which five times Grand Vizier Sinan Pasha is still the most famousThe book covers the Council of Trent as one of the Bruni was an archbishop who participated the campaigns of the Mediterranean Cyprus the constant raiding by the Barbary Coast corsairs and the Knights of Malta another Bruni was a knight of Malta the conuest of the Adriatic coast by the ottomans Lepanto the aftermath the long armistice of the 1580 s when the Ottomans fought Persia which for example allowed Philip II of Spain to try and conuer England but also when Bartolomeo Bruti achieved prominence as conduit to his relative Sinan Pasha for the pretenders to the Moldavian throne wile later becoming an important state official there under Petru Schiopu the long war of 1593 1606 and including interludes from the French civil warwhile it follows a few major characters from their entering the spotlight to their exiting such some violently others retiring peacefully there are a lot of vignettes a lot of minor characters and extraordinary detail about life in those times Istanbul and the Sultan s court is uite prominent but also Venice Rome the papal enclave of Avignon the Romanian principalities mostly Moldavia as noted before but also Transylvania and Wallachia and obviously the Ottoman Europe Greece Bulgaria Serbia Bosnia and its newest conuests in AlbaniaOverall an excellent book for anyone having an interest in the periodregion


Ll of them previously invisible to history They include an Agents of ePUB #192 archbishop in the Balkans the captain of the papal flagship at the battle of Lepanto the power behind the throne in the Ottoman province of Moldavia and a dragoman interpreter at the Venetian embassy in Istanbul Through the life stories of three generations of Brunis and Brutis Noel Malcolm casts the world between Venice Rome and the Ottoman Empire in a fresh light illuminating subjects as diverse as espionage anti Ottoman rebellion diplomacy slave ransoming and the gr. The title Agents of Empire Knights Corsairs Jesuits and Spies in the Sixteenth Century Mediterranean World promises a sweeping saga of pirates and political skulduggery There is always a possibility that a book written by an academic will not live up to its title usually because the facts are so densely and dryly presented that it does not make for a smooth and entertaining read Noel Malcolm has not only undertaken some fascinating research but delivered a wealth of facts in a panoramic and thrilling account of some turbulent times The political manoeuvring engaged in by the Bruti and Bruni families cutting a dynastic swathe between the Christian and the Ottoman empires is fascinating and the stuff of adventure novels The history of the Balkans and the area of Mediterranean over which the family manoeuvred is handled well and provides an important foundation on which to situate the whole saga As well as vast sweeps of political history there are also details of daily routines or notable events the minutiae of which make for an engrossing read For writers wanting to set a story in this era or simply exploring the wheeling and dealing undertaken by powerful families then this is an excellent sourcebook It is a book to be kept repeatedly dipped into and enjoyed