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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 a. 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 history of Europe from France to MoldovaA tremendous research work of archives thoroughly assembled in a hybrid history book a

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Ade 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. 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 by Malcolm who does a phenomenal job of providing the historical and political context of the period while referri

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Lmost all of them previously invisible to history They include an 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 grain tr. 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 revolving allegiances The book focuses on two Albanian families mostly fixers whose shrewd maneuvering and strategic alliances including marriages guaranteed them stability and prestige


10 thoughts on “Agents of Empire

  1. says:

    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

  2. says:

    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 think abou

  3. says:

    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 espionag

  4. says:

    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 tha

  5. says:

    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 reg

  6. says:

    I loved this book and having traveled in the Balkans I continue to be suprised by the mixture of religions cultures and the legacy of the Ottoman empire and the Hapsburgs Not only a fascinating portait of two families but also a glimpse into the complicated powerplay in the mediterranean

  7. says:

    A really excellent piece of well researched popular history this book's focus on the personal histories of the members of two intertwined late

  8. says:

    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 engu

  9. says:

    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 probab

  10. says:

    Historian Malcolm comes across the name Antonio Bruni as a source for a 16th century text This sends him on a search that reveals t