Sword and Scimitar chronicles the decisive battles that arose from this ages-old Islamic jihad, beginning with the first major Islamic attack on Christian land in 636, through the Muslim occupation of nearly three-quarters of Christendom ...
Author: Raymond Ibrahim
Publisher: Hachette UK
A sweeping history of the often-violent conflict between Islam and the West, shedding a revealing light on current hostilities The West and Islam -- the sword and scimitar -- have clashed since the mid-seventh century, when, according to Muslim tradition, the Roman emperor rejected Prophet Muhammad's order to abandon Christianity and convert to Islam, unleashing a centuries-long jihad on Christendom. Sword and Scimitar chronicles the decisive battles that arose from this ages-old Islamic jihad, beginning with the first major Islamic attack on Christian land in 636, through the Muslim occupation of nearly three-quarters of Christendom which prompted the Crusades, followed by renewed Muslim conquests by Turks and Tatars, to the European colonization of the Muslim world in the 1800s, when Islam largely went on the retreat -- until its reemergence in recent times. Using original sources in Arabic and Greek, preeminent historian Raymond Ibrahim describes each battle in vivid detail and explains how these wars and the larger historical currents of the age reflect the cultural fault lines between Islam and the West. The majority of these landmark battles -- including the battles of Yarmuk, Tours, Manzikert, the sieges at Constantinople and Vienna, and the crusades in Syria and Spain--are now forgotten or considered inconsequential. Yet today, as the West faces a resurgence of this enduring Islamic jihad, Sword and Scimitar provides the needed historical context to understand the current relationship between the West and the Islamic world -- and why the Islamic State is merely the latest chapter of an old history.
A sweeping historical epic set against the backdrop of the desperate conflict between Christian Europe and the Islamic Ottoman Empire, The Sword and the Scimitar is a triumph, perfect for fans of Simon Scarrow, Christian Cameron and Bernard ...
Author: David W. Ball
Maltese Siblings Nico and Maria are suddenly wrenched apart when young Nico is abducted by slavers. Some unforeseen path leads him to the court of Suleiman the Magnificent, Sultan of the Ottomans. Maria, stranded alone in Malta, joins a group of Jews – forced by their Christian rulers to renounce their faith. French aristocrat Christien deVries yearns to prove himself as a surgeon in the Order of St. John, to which he was pledged as an infant but joined only as a result of a life-altering oath. When conflict between the Ottoman Empire and the Christian alliance, resulting in the Siege of Malta, Maria, Nico and Christien will be forced together, in a sequence of events that may decide the victor... A sweeping historical epic set against the backdrop of the desperate conflict between Christian Europe and the Islamic Ottoman Empire, The Sword and the Scimitar is a triumph, perfect for fans of Simon Scarrow, Christian Cameron and Bernard Cornwell
Leona turned back to gaze at her scimitar. “It was forged with mithral, silver, celestial rocks, iron, and the bones of an ancient half-demon half-dragon whose name is long forgotten in the stream of time.
Author: Marisa Freeman
Less than a year has passed since the Lord of Darkness was defeated. Ominous signs have started to appear, foretelling the release of Rayqueanz, the Lord of Death. Leona and Gareth must stop the release of Rayqueanz before he can break free. They must race against the clock across troll-filled swamplands, haunted canyons, monster guarded ruins, and undead guarded plains before it's too late...
Author: Richard Francis BurtonPublish On: 2014-01-07
In this groundbreaking work, Richard Francis Burton, explorer, translator, scholar, and swordsman, draws on a wealth of linguistic, archaeological, and literary sources to trace the millennia-old history of the sword.
Author: Richard Francis Burton
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
“The history of the sword,” the author writes in his introduction, “is the history of humanity.” For centuries, the sword has been a symbol of power, strength, liberty, and courage. In the Middle Ages, the image of a sword was used to signify the word of God. Nearly every culture in history has forged blades from stone or steel to fight in times of battle and protect in times of peace. In this groundbreaking work, Richard Francis Burton, explorer, translator, scholar, and swordsman, draws on a wealth of linguistic, archaeological, and literary sources to trace the millennia-old history of the sword. From its earliest days as a charred, sharpened stick to the height of craftsmanship in the modern era, the sword has been the weapon of choice for warriors of all stripes. In eloquent, captivating prose, Burton describes: • Dirks • Daggers • Knives • Sabers • Cutlasses • The origin of the weapon • The weapons of the age of wood • The Copper Age of weapons • The Iron Age of weapons • The sword in ancient Egypt • The sword in ancient Greece • And more Nearly three hundred line drawings enhance Burton’s richly detailed text. Any reader of history or student of weaponry will find this book a fascinating, highly enjoyable read.
SWORD AND SCIMITAR is the gripping tale of the Great Siege of Malta from Simon Scarrow, bestselling author of the Eagles of the Empire series.
Author: Simon Scarrow
Publisher: Hachette UK
SWORD AND SCIMITAR is the gripping tale of the Great Siege of Malta from Simon Scarrow, bestselling author of the Eagles of the Empire series. A must read for fans of Conn Iggulden and Robert Harris. 1565, Malta: a vital outpost between the divided nations of Europe and the relentlessly expanding Ottoman Empire. Faced with ferocious attack by a vast Turkish fleet, the knights of the Order of St John fear annihilation. Amongst those called to assist is disgraced veteran Sir Thomas Barrett. Loyalty and instinct compel him to put the Order above all other concerns, yet his allegiance is divided. At Queen Elizabeth's command, he must search for a hidden scroll, guarded by the knights, that threatens her reign. As Sir Thomas confronts the past that cost him his honour and a secret that has long lain buried, a vast enemy army arrives to lay siege to the island...
In 1781 the Royal Warrant laid down that the Drums and Fifes should carry a “ short sword with ' scimitar ' blade ” 1, but no indication is given of the design of the hilt. This is possibly the ordinary Infantry sword shown on Fig.
Author: Charles ffoulkes
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Originally published in 1938, this book presents a historical study of the arms used by the British Army and Navy. The text concentrates for the most part on the swords used by different divisions, although sections are included on 'Belts, Slings, Knots', 'Lance, Bayonet and Staff Weapons' and 'Muskets, Rifles, and Carbines'. Numerous illustrative figures are also included, together with a list of works consulted. This book will be of value to anyone with an interest in military history and the historical development of weapons.
In 1781 the Royal Warrant laid down that the Drums and Fifes should carry a short sword with'scimitar'blade ” l , but no indication is given of the design of the hilt . This is possibly the ordinary Infantry sword shown on Fig .
The Sword and the Scimitar is a saga of one of the most fanatical religious wars in world history.
Author: Ernle Bradford
Publisher: Pen and Sword
For nearly two centuries, from 1096 until 1291, a tide of pilgrims, knights, men-at-arms, priests, traders and peasants swept from Western Europe to the Levant - Crusaders whose common aim was to recover the Holy Place of Christendom. The Sword and the Scimitar is a saga of one of the most fanatical religious wars in world history. It is a story abounding with highly distinctive personalities - popes, saints, kings, sultans and heroes like Saladin and Richard Coeur de Lion, of the encounter of two great cultures and their cross-fertilization. It tells of the three great Military Orders, the Knights Hospitaller of St John, the Teutonic Knights and the Knights Templar. It does not disguise the savagery that accompanied the capture of Jerusalem by the Crusaders or the scenes of fire and carnage when the Kingdom of Jerusalem fell nearly two centuries later, and the markets of the East were so flooded with Christian slaves that a young Frankish woman might be sold for one silver coin.
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