The Great Siege

  • by Ernle Bradford
  • Narrated by Simon Vance
  • 7 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Suleiman the Magnificent, sultan of the Ottoman Empire and the most powerful ruler in the world, was determined to conquer Europe. Only one thing stood in his way: the island of Malta, occupied by the Knights of Saint John, the Holy Roman Empire’s finest warriors. Determined to capture Malta and use its port to launch operations against Europe, Suleiman sent overwhelming forces. A few thousand defenders in Fort Saint Elmo fought to the last man.
When the Turks captured the fort, they took no prisoners, mutilating the defenders’ bodies. The Knights’ leader reciprocated by decapitating his Turkish prisoners and using their heads to cannonade the enemy. Then the battle for Malta began in earnest.

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Outstanding! Greatest siege in history

Maltese heroism at its best. As the excellent narrator says unfortunately the names have been forgotten and unrecorded.

No single Maltese fighter ever defected to the other side, Bradford says, unlike Italian, French, Greek, Spanish and Turks who switched sides on several occasions. Another commentator, seeing the bravery and fearlessness with which the Maltese attacked their invaders, says, that no one of any other nation or creed could have been more courageous.

We must give credit to these Maltese heroes and try to identify and find information about these warriors who saved the island five centuries ago!
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- Noel

I really enjoyed this book

On planning to visit to Malta, I wanted to know the history behind the Island , I listen with amazement of the shear volume of history in- golfed this tiny island wow , a must read if planning a visit . I recommend this book .
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Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-11-2012
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.