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Praise for Conquerors

"Excellent . . . [Roger] Crowley's interpretations are nuanced and fair."--The Christian Science Monitor

"In a riveting narrative, Crowley chronicles Portugal's horrifically violent trajectory from 'impoverished, marginal' nation to European power, vying with Spain and Venice to dominate the spice trade."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"Brings to life the Portuguese explorers . . . perfect for anyone who likes a high seas tale."--Publishers Weekly

"Readers of Crowley's previous books will not be disappointed by this exciting tale of sea battles, land campaigns and shipwrecks. . . . Crowley makes a good case for reclaiming Portugal's significance as forger of the first global empire."--The Daily Telegraph

"In his previous studies of the fifteenth- and sixteenth-century struggles between Christians and Ottomans for control of the Mediterranean, Crowley has shown a rare gift for combining compelling narrative with lightly worn academic thoroughness as well as for balancing the human with the geopolitical--qualities on display here. The story he has to tell may be a thrilling one but not every historian could tell it so thrillingly."--Michael Prodger, Financial Times

"A fast-moving and highly readable narrative, which covers the voyages of Dias and da Gama and the battles and conquests of Almeida and Albuquerque . . . [Crowley's] detailed reconstruction of events is based on a close reading of the works of the chroniclers, notably Barros and Correa, whose accounts were written in the tradition of the chronicles of chivalry."--History Today

Praise for Roger Crowley's Empires of the Sea

"Crowley has an astonishing gift for narration; his account is as exciting as any thriller."--The Wall Street Journal

"Crowley's page-turner history . . . deserves to be this [season's] most recommended nonfiction book. . . . Rich in character, action, surprise, what transpired in those few desperate weeks is one of history's best and most thrilling stories."--The Dallas Morning News

"[Crowley] offers exquisitely delicate insights and undulating descriptive passages. Yet in his descriptions of the battles, his prose is so taut and tense, it is impossible not to be caught up in the harrowing action."--The Christian Science Monitor

City of Fortune

"[Crowley] writes with a racy briskness that lifts sea battles and sieges off the page."--The New York Times

"The rise and fall of Venice's empire is an irresistible story, and Crowley, with his rousing descriptive gifts and scholarly attention to detail, is its perfect chronicler."-- Financial Times

"A pleasure to read . . . a gripping story."--Washington Independent Review of Books --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

About the Author

Roger Crowley read English at Cambridge. He has had a varied career as a teacher and publisher and is the author of three books on the history of the Mediterranean. He lives in Gloucestershire and now writes full time. His website address is www.rogercrowley.co.uk --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Vigilantius
4.0 out of 5 stars Vividly narrated tale, highlighting the astonishing determination, skill and savagery of the Portuguese conquistadores
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great telling of an extraodinary true story
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5.0 out of 5 stars Some of the best history I've read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An entertaining read if a little biased against the Portuguese (but not without evidence)
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Eric le rouge
4.0 out of 5 stars Another great book from Mr Crowley
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4.0 out of 5 stars Reads like a good novel at times.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Set sail for distant lands!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Portugal and sailing
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4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant and essential reading of little-known details behind important historical events.
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