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The Barbary Corsairs: Warfare in the Mediterranean, 1480-1580 Jacques Heers

The Barbary Corsairs: Warfare in the Mediterranean, 1480-1580

Jacques Heers

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ISBN : 9781853675522
Hardcover
304 pages
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The Barbary Corsairs first appeared to terrorize shipping in the 16th century. These Muslim pirates sailed out of the ports of North Africa and, acting as officers of the sprawling Ottoman Empire, plundered the trading routes of the Mediterranean andMoreThe Barbary Corsairs first appeared to terrorize shipping in the 16th century. These Muslim pirates sailed out of the ports of North Africa and, acting as officers of the sprawling Ottoman Empire, plundered the trading routes of the Mediterranean and sowed horror in the hearts of Christians everywhere. The most famous and powerful were the Barbarossa brothers, sons of a renegade Christian. The true founders of the Algiers regency, they initially preyed on fishing vessels or defenseless merchantmen before growing bolder and embarking upon more brazen expeditions - attacking fortified ports and cities- raiding and kidnapping inhabitants of the African coast- and hunting ships from the Christian nations. In this newly translated book, Jacques Heers follows the extraordinary exploits of the brothers, and those of other corsairs and profiteers, set against the turbulent backdrop of trade, commerce and conflict throughout the Mediterranean during the 14th - 16th centuries. Its an enthralling adventure, robustly written, and it brings to life an age when travel and trade were perilous enterprises.