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Great Book by Osprey Publishing. 96 pages

Campaign Lepanto 1571 The Greatest Naval Battle of the Renaissance Osprey Books

Campaign Lepanto 1571 The Greatest Naval Battle of the Renaissance Osprey Books
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For much of the 16th century the Mediterranean was a battleground between Christians and Muslims. In a series of engagements from Malta to Cyprus, and from North Africa to Greece the honours were fairly even. The war galley was the predominant warship type of the era, and a decisive battle between two large war galley fleets was expected to decide the fate of the entire Mediterranean basin. In August 1571 an Ottoman fleet of some 235 galleys encountered a slightly smaller Christian fleet composed of galleys from the Holy League - led by Spain, the Papacy and Venice. In a five hour melee the Christians inflicted a decisive defeat on the Turks in a battle which proved to be the last great galley fight of all time. Lepanto is arguably one of the most decisive naval battles in history. Its effect on halting the Ottoman advance into the centre of Christian Europe was less decisive than was claimed at the time, it did prove to be a singular moral victory. It undoubtedly marked the turning point in the struggle between Muslims and Christians in the Mediterranean.

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