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 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 rain construction of alleys exchange of slaves espionage and diplomacy are only some topics that make reader revive that erain a clash between ottoman revive that eraIn a clash between Ottoman 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 and novel based on a true story 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 uaranteed them stability and prestige 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 enerations of
minor nobles from the small town of Ulcinj who are are nonetheless involved in some of the most significant events of nobles from the small town of Ulcinj who are are nonetheless involved in some of the most significant events of century A knight of Malta at the battle of Lepanto who later fought Huguenots in France an Archbishop at the cou. 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 Tern shore of the Adriatic Ulcinj Bar Kotor Durr s Most of this territory is now Albania a small bit is Montenegro or Croatia The BruniBruti families were intimately connected with this territory and played important roles in the tumultuous events that affected it during this timeVenice today is an overcrowded baroue tourist trap Four hundred years ago it was if not a lobal power a power in the Mediterranean world and a key player in international trade and interchange As the maritime power closest to the Ottomans and with a land border between the territory it dominated and the Ottomans the maritime power closest to the Ottomans and with a land border between the territory it dominated and the Ottomans had the most to lose and sometimes the most to The Dressmakers Gift gain from the inevitable conflicts with the expanding Ottomans Of course the Venetians had been imposing their will in this same area for hundreds of years it was their diversion of the Fourth Crusade in 1202 to attack Zara also on the Adriatic coast that undermined that Crusade and then the re direction of the Crusade under Venetian pressure to Constantinople that caused catastrophic results So in many ways the wars The title Agents of Empire Knights Corsairs Jesuits and Spies in the Sixteenth Century Mediterranean World promis 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 alimpse into the complicated powerplay in the mediterranean This
is a fantsstic book for readers who are fascinated by 16th C Europe A century called the reat century by a fantsstic book for readers who are fascinated by 16th C Europe A century called the reat century by 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 referring to interesting anecdotes from daily life across various parts of the Mediterranean world and beyond Members of both the Bruti and Bruni families served as agents for many Empires and Kingdoms as well as the Knights of Malta Many people might dismiss agents as mere silver tongued duplicitous largely useless courtiers Yet besides furthering their own interests the actions of these intriguing capable multilingual and widely travelled agents also helped prevent large scale human tragedies like famine and war 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 Pope Ottoman Empire and Holy Roman Empire The centerpiece of the book is probably the naval battle between the Holy League and the Ottoman Empire at the Battle of Lepanto in 1571 We learn a lot about life at this time about how trade worked how spies spied and what the life of an international interpreter was like The Ottoman Empire s control over its provinces especially Romania Hungary and Moldova was loose which allowed people to range pretty freely in pursuit of life and career
whole world I knew little about revealed here due to one historian s dogged pursuit of multivarious source. 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.
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MERE HISTORICAL FOOTNOTE BUT A DRAMATIC AND LIFE CHANGINGhistorical footnote but a dramatic and life changing for the town s exiled survivorsThe book provides ample context throughout for the lay reader I had few problems following the narrative even iven my survivorsThe book provides ample context throughout for the lay reader I had few problems following the narrative even iven my 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 iven 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 The story of several enerations 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 the most expansive research project I ve ever read through I also love how Malcolm has brought back a very personal story which up until now has been completely lostThis is not the story of any If It’s Monday It Must Be Madurai: A Conducted Tour of India given state or society Rather it is the story of those who made their living on the frontiers of nation states In reading this you learn about the operations of many states notably the Ottomans from the perspective of thereat power diplomacy and trade they engage in This is the first book I ve read which sometimes looks into the early modern period through a eostrategic lensPrior to reading this book I had never really conceived of the uite how tremendously powerful the Ottomans were in their prime They completely dwarfed anything in western Europe at the time I also never uite realized how nepotistic and deeply personal Turkish politics wereA wonderfully researched and very dense book 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 about Mother Teresa or on a less exalted level Jim Belushi I don
T OR DIDN T THINK ABOUTor didn t think about or Lepanto or Jesuits or any of the very interesting and even exciting places people and happenings Noel Malcolm covers This book however has changed my perspectiveMalcolm s book Agents of Empire surveys the complex world of the eastern Adriatic and Mediterranean mostly during the second half of the Sixteenth Century His story revolves around a single Albanian family not prominent in history the BruniBruti family and several now obscure towns and cities divided between Venetian and Ottoman control on the eas. 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 enerations 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 The Monk as Man: The Unknown Life of Swami Vivekananda grain tr.