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Marin Barleti and 4 more The Siege of Shkodra: Albania's Courageous Stand Against Ottoman Conquest, 1478 (The Marinus Barletius Series)

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Marin Barleti and 4 more The Siege of Shkodra: Albania's Courageous Stand Against Ottoman Conquest, 1478 (The Marinus Barletius Series)

  1. Product Description The first English translation of an eyewitness account of the Ottoman sieges of Shkodra (Albania) in 1474 and 1478-79, written by a besieged Shkodran citizen who fought in the battles and would later become a priest in Italy The book is considered both history and literature, written in classical Latin in 1504 for a Western audience concerned about the advance of the Ottomans into the heart of Europe. It is considered by scholars to be a seminal source of history providing significant details about the Balkans, the Ottoman Empire, the Republic of Venice, the Albanians, Sultan Mehmed II "The Conqueror," religious conflict, late-medieval siege tactics, and the development of weaponry. Though the account is history, it unfolds as a gripping story with all the human drama and pathos that accompanies warfare. Inside are rousing speeches, intense battle scenes, passionate prayers, and counsel for future generations. Barleti and his contemporaries considered Shkodra to be the shield of Europe (indeed this was the final great battle before the Ottomans attacked Otronto in 1480). Barleti's work comprises only 50% of the work, as this edition includes supplemental material such a brief foreword by Ismail Kadare, a historical preface by Prof. David Abulafia, the original introduction by Prof. Aleks Buda, "The War of Shkodra" ("Bellum Scodrense") by George Merula, a panegyric to the Venetian Senate by Marin Beçikemi, passages from Ottoman chroniclers about the siege (A. Pashazade, Tursun, Kivami, Idris-i Bidlisi, K. Pashazade), and new maps and historical commentary by translator-editor David Hosaflook. 



MINI-REVIEWS "If one were to search for a literary creation wholly worthy of the expression 'monumental work,' it would be hard to find a better example than 'The Siege of Shkodra' by Marin Barleti ... It earned monumentality throughout the centuries ... This is what happens with the great books, the ones that enter the world as grand testimonies. The siege of Shkodra is the final act of a tragedy that would not only alter the face of Albania, but also of all the Balkans and a portion of the continent for nearly six hundred years. —ISMAIL KADARE, renown and revered Albanian author "David Hosaflook has brought vividly back to life an extraordinary chapter from the history of the fifteenth century--a gripping eyewitness account of the Albanian resistance to the advance of the Ottomans into the heart of Europe. Their defense of Shkodra was as heroic and thrilling as the better-known siege of Malta. Barleti's narrative does it full justice, and Hosaflook's translation is both scholarly and highly readable." —ROGER CROWLEY, best-selling author of Mediterranean narrative history such as Empires of the Sea and City of Fortune" "I felt like Howard Carter peering into the tomb of King Tut for the first time when I started reading Hosaflook's masterful new translation of the epic story recounted by Barleti. Beautifully crafted and painstakingly researched, the work fills an important gap and provides unique and compelling new scholarship in the field of Renaissance history." —KIRSTIN DOWNEY, former Washington Post reporter, historical biographer, and author of books such as "The Woman Behind the New Deal: The Life and Legacy of Frances Perkins" and "Isabella: The Warrior Queen." "The Ottoman Empire spread into southeastern Europe, with the banners of Islam looming on the horizon. One of the key moments of this expansion, and a turning point in Albanian history, was the siege of Shkodra in the late fifteenth century. We would know little of the dramatic events were it not for historian Marin Barleti. His account (1504) is a seminal source of Balkan history. The English-speaking reader can now finally savour this gripping tale, in the flowing rendition of David Hosaflook." 

 —ROBERT ELSIE, author and specialist in Albanian studies Review "This work brings a forgotten classic to a modern readership ... The edition goes well beyond a translation of Barleti's work. I highly recommend this edition to anyone looking to learn something about early modern historical writing in a small but important corner of the southeastern European world, at the meeting point of three empires, Byzantine, Venetian and Ottoman." --DANIEL WOOLF, professor of History and Principal and Vice-Chancellor of Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario. David Hosaflook has brought vividly back to life an extraordinary chapter from the history of the fifteenth century--a gripping eyewitness account of the Albanian resistance to the advance of the Ottomans into the heart of Europe. Their defense of Shkodra was as heroic and thrilling as the better-known siege of Malta. Barleti's narrative does it full justice, and Hosaflook's translation is both scholarly and highly readable. --ROGER CROWLEY, best-selling author of Mediterranean narrative history such as Empires of the Sea and City of Fortune I felt like Howard Carter peering into the tomb of King Tut for the first time when I started reading Hosaflook's masterful new translation of the epic story recounted by Barleti. Beautifully crafted and painstakingly researched, the work fills an important gap and provides unique and compelling new scholarship in the field of Renaissance history. --KIRSTIN DOWNEY, former Washington Post reporter, historical biographer, and author of books such as The Woman Behind the New Deal: The Life and Legacy of Frances Perkins and Isabella: The Warrior Queen. The Ottoman Empire spread into southeastern Europe, with the banners of Islam looming on the horizon. One of the key moments of this expansion, and a turning point in Albanian history, was the siege of Shkodra in the late fifteenth century. We would know little of the dramatic events were it not for historian Marin Barleti. His account (1504) is a seminal source of Balkan history. The English-speaking reader can now finally savour this gripping tale, in the flowing rendition of David Hosaflook. --ROBERT ELSIE, author and specialist in Albanian studies If one were to search for a literary creation wholly worthy of the expression "monumental work," it would be hard to find a better example than The Siege of Shkodra by Marin Barleti ... It earned monumentality throughout the centuries ... This is what happens with the great books, the ones that enter the world as grand testimonies. The Siege of Shkodra is the final act of a tragedy that would not only alter the face of Albania, but also of all the Balkans and a portion of the continent for nearly six hundred years. --ISMAIL KADARE, candidate for the Nobel Prize in Literature From the Inside Flap The year is 1478. Europe is under attack. Ten years after the death of their champion, Scanderbeg, the Albanians and Venetians continue to resist the Turks, defending their fatherland and buying time for Western Europe to prepare for the coming onslaught. History has long overlooked the heroic contribution of the Albanians to slowing the Ottoman machine intent on conquering all of Europe. Marin Barleti gives the world a thrilling firsthand account of heroism in the face of conquest--simple men and women fighting for their families, fields, and faith. Watch from the castle's parapets and see Turkish hordes whitewashing the fields below with their tents and squadrons. Learn how janissaries were trained and how new military cannons were ushered into the history of warfare. See how the outnumbered citizens foiled the invaders' furious attacks. Even though the sultan is defeated and forced to retreat, he maintains the siege of Shkodra until the Venetian Senate cedes it to him as an ultimatum for peace. The crestfallen citizens of Shkodra choose emigration over subjugation, sailing across the Adriatic to safe harbor in Venice. With the Albanian coastline under his control, the sultan can finally set his attention upon Western Europe. From the Back Cover 1478. The Ottoman Empire and the Republic of Venice are at war. Albania is in the middle. "One of the most remarkable episodes in the struggle between the West and the Crescent." --FRANZ BABINGER, premier historian of the Ottoman Empire "Monumental."  --ISMAIL KADARE, Albanian author, candidate for the Nobel Prize in Literature "Ottoman 'shock-and-awe.' Extraordinary!" --ROGER CROWLEY, best-selling author of historical narrative "The Albanians attracted the prime forces of the Ottoman Empire when it was at its zenith and impeded the westward advance of its hordes."  --GAZMEND SHPUZA, professor of Ottoman history, Tirana University  "The massive fortress on the hill of Rozafa ... was seen as the key to the Adriatic."  --DAVID ABULAFIA, professor of history, Cambridge University About the Author Marin Barleti (ca. 1450-1512), known also as Marinus Barletius, is considered Albania's first and foremost historian. A Catholic priest and citizen of Shkodra, he witnessed the first Ottoman siege and fought in the second. When Shkodra was finally ceded to the Turks by the Venetians, Barleti, like many of his compatriots, emigrated to Italy and settled in Padua, where he became rector of the parish church of St. Stephan. Though The Siege of Shkodra was his first work, he is best known for his second, The History of Scanderbeg. Barleti captured the imagination of the sixteenth-century European reader who, with the Turks at the gates of Vienna in 1529, was becoming increasingly obsessed by the prospect of a Turkish conquest of Western Europe. From the Author When I remembered ... the great calamity of my beloved fatherland ... and when I remembered also the glorious triumph reaped by the Shkodrans against the fury of all those heartless barbarians, I concluded that I could not allow the related virtues to be forgotten. To do so would be ingratitude. In fact, these merits give us, above all, brilliant material to write about, and unquestionably deserve to be brought to light. So I decided to give myself wholeheartedly to this grand endeavor. My purpose was to attempt to fulfill my obligation to my fatherland as an honorable citizen and to bestow honor and glory upon those patriots ever-faithful. --MARIN BARLETI, 1504 This book was an international bestseller in the sixteenth century. The Ottomans were on the move, and Europeans were fearful as one Christian city after another fell. Marin Barleti, a Shkodran priest who witnessed the events of the siege of Shkodra, wrote this work in Latin in 1504. It was soon translated into Italian, Polish, and French, providing a graphic inside look at an Ottoman invasion. The work now serves English readers, both casual readers of history and careful researchers of Albania, the Balkans, Ottoman expansion, Venice, siege warfare, religious conflict, and medieval weaponry. --DAVID HOSAFLOOK, 2012 Product Details ASIN: B00AVAXOMA Publisher: Onufri (December 26, 2012) Publication date: December 26, 2012 Language: English File size: 2102 KB Text-to-Speech: Enabled Screen Reader: Supported Enhanced typesetting: Enabled X-Ray: Not Enabled Word Wise: Enabled Print length: 344 pages Lending: Enabled

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