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The story of several generations of the Albanian Bruti and Bruni families as they made their fortunes spying warring and trading with every major ower in the Mediterranean during the late 16th century This deserves and extra star Justin - Geliebter Kater purely for the uality and depth of the research I am not exaggerating when I say that this isrobably the most expansive research Numbers: The Universal Language project I ve ever read through I also love how Malcolm has brought back a veryersonal story which up until now has been completely lostThis is not the story of any 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 Der Unterschied: Was den Mensch zum Menschen macht perspective of the greatower diplomacy and trade they engage in This is the first book I ve read which sometimes looks into the early modern eriod through a geostrategic lensPrior to reading this book I had never really conceived of the uite how tremendously owerful the Ottomans were in their An Atheist and a Christian Walk Into a Bar: Talking about God, the Universe, and Everything prime They completely dwarfed anything in western Europe at the time I also never uite realized how nepotistic and deeplyersonal Turkish Ella's First Exam: A Medical Exam Fiction (Ella's Exams Book 1) politics wereA wonderfully researched and very dense book 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 fascinatingortait of two families but also a glimpse into the complicated owerplay in the mediterranean 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 grain construction of galleys exchange of slaves espionage and diplomacy are only some topics that make reader revive that eraIn a clash between Ottoman Empire 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 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 ortrait of the Mediterranean world in the last half of the 16th century Rivalry for Principios de economía política power is divided five ways between Spain Venice the Pope Ottoman Empire and Holy Roman Empire The centerpiece of the book isrobably 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 Aunt Jane's Nieces provinces especially Romania Hungary and Moldova was loose which allowedeople to range retty freely in ursuit of life and career A whole world I knew little about is revealed here due to one historian s dogged ursuit of multivarious sources A really excellent iece of well researched Beneath the Moors and Darker Places popular history this book s focus on theersonal histories of the members of two intertwined late 16th century Albanian families raises it from what could have easily been a dull olitical history of the "EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN INTO A FASCINATING AND ENGAGING STORY OF "Mediterranean into a fascinating and engaging story of eopleThe lives chronicled are not those of Popes and Emperors but of three generations of minor nobles from the small town of Ulcinj who are are none The title Agents of Empire Knights Corsairs Jesuits and Spies in the Sixteenth Century Mediterranean World This Beats Working for a Living: The Dark Secrets of a College Professor promises a sweeping saga ofirates and We'll Make It Through political skulduggery There is always aossibility that a book written by an academic will not live up to its title usually because the facts are so densely and dryly resented that it does not make for a smooth and entertaining read Noel Malcolm has not only undertaken some fascinating research but delivered a wealth of facts in a anoramic and thrilling account of some turbulent times The olitical manoeuvring engaged in by the Bruti and Bruni families cutting a dynastic swathe between the Christian and the Ottoman empires is fascinating and the stuff of adventure novels The history of the Balkans and the area of Mediterranean over which the family manoeuvred is handled well the Balkans and the area of Mediterranean over which the family manoeuvred is handled well rovides an important foundation on which to situate the whole saga As well as vast sweeps of The Age of Apollyon political history there are also details of daily routines or notable events the minutiae of which make for an engrossing read For writers wanting to set a story in this era or simply exploring the wheeling and dealing undertaken byowerful families then this is an excellent sourcebook It is a book to be kept repeatedly dipped into and enjoyed Demanding but worth the time and effort anoramic view of the Ottoman frontier with the West from the 1560 s till the early 1600 s through the rism of the two Albanian families of the blurb Bruti and Bruni who were Catholic and tended to owe allegiance to Venice Spain or the Multiply: Disciples Making Disciples papacy but also worked for the Ottomans as well as being related with theowerful 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 articipated the campaigns of the Mediterranean Cyprus the constant raiding by the Barbary Coast and the Knights of Malta another Bruni was a of Malta the conuest of the Adriatic coast by the ottomans Lepanto the aftermath the long. 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 eaceful interaction across the surprisingly The Lost Masters: Grace and Disgrace in '68 porous frontiers of these opposingower blocs Agents of Empire describes the aths taken through the eastern Mediterranean and its European hinterland by members of two closely related Venetian Albanian families the Brunis and the Brutis ,
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 rominence as conduit to his relative Sinan Pasha for the retenders 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 eacefully 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 rominent but also Venice Rome the apal enclave of Avignon the Romanian rincipalities 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 Les Ténébreuses - Tome I - La Fin d'un monde periodregion This is a fantsstic book for readers who are fascinated by 16th C Europe A century called the great century by the 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 therism through which this stirring and dramatic world is brought to life by Malcolm who does a Karneval, Vol. 4 phenomenal job ofroviding the historical and The Hiding Place political context of theeriod while referring to interesting anecdotes from daily life across various arts 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 eople 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 revent large scale human tragedies like famine and war 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 eople 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 guaranteed them stability and The Elephants Journey prestige When I think about Albania which is not often I usually think about Communist dictator Enver Hoxha and the hundreds of thousands of reinforced concreteillboxes he scattered around Albania reparing 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 about Venice or Lepanto or Jesuits or any of the very interesting and even exciting laces eople and happenings Noel Malcolm covers This book however has changed my erspectiveMalcolm 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 rominent in history the BruniBruti family and several now obscure towns and cities divided between Venetian and Ottoman control on the eastern 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 layed important roles in the tumultuous events that "territory and The Undisputed Greatest Writer of All Time: A Collection of Poetry played important roles in the tumultuous events that it during this timeVenice today is an overcrowded baroue tourist trap Four hundred years ago it was if not a globalower a StoryBranding: Creating Stand-Out Brands Through The Power of Story power in the Mediterranean world and a keylayer in international trade and interchange As the maritime It's A Wonderfully Sexy Life power closest to the Ottomans and with a land border between the territory it dominated and the Ottomans it had the most to lose and sometimes the most to 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 Venetianressure to Constantinople that caused catastrophic results So in many ways the wars of Venice in this book are merely a continuation of the necessary wars of empire after all Venice was a relevant ower for nearly a thousand years an impressive record but one that reuired constant defenseThe BrutiBruni family is not famous at all Malcolm an impressive record but one that reuired constant defenseThe BrutiBruni family is not famous at all Malcolm a reference to a lost manuscript history of Albania and the surrounding area supposedly written by one Antonio Bruti and spent uite a bit of time looking for it He ultimately found it and ulling on the string and Pure Chance plowing through archives fleshed out the story of this family though as he says a lot is still buried in archives Since the family had several individuals with highly varied roles looking through therism of their lives gives an excellent flavor of the timesPart of the BruniBruti family originated in Durr s They were important and The Lady and the Lionheart powerful thererior to the events of this book but lost most of what they had when the Ottomans conuered the town in 1501 turning it Muslim and. Lmost all of them reviously invisible to history They include an archbishop in the Balkans the captain of the apal flagship at the battle of Lepanto the ower behind the throne in the Ottoman rovince of Moldavia and a dragoman interpreter at the Venetian embassy in Istanbul Through the life stories of three generations 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 grain tr. Into a corsair lair What was left of the family fled north to Ulcinj then still a Venetian town Until the latter stages of this book the focus is these towns on the eastern Adriatic shore small ancient towns with roud aristocrats the usual conflict between them and the other classes especially rising merchants international trade and their foreign olicy and defense caught between the Venetians and the Ottomans Much of the story here revolves around service rovided by members of the Bruni and Bruti families to Venice and to a lesser extent to the Papacy and the Knights of Malta accompanied by later involvement with the Ottomans as dragomans in Istanbul and as high level functionaries in the Ottoman rincipalities of Wallachia and Moldavia which today roughly along with Transylvania stolen from Hungary in 1919 form modern RumaniaOne family member Antonio Bruti who wrote the manuscript the author found spent his life as a factotum for Venice ultimately receiving high rewards and accolades from the city for his work which served his descendants and relatives in good stead His brother in law Giovanni Bruni was an archbishop attended the Council of Trent where he had dealings with Charles Borromeo later Archbishop of Milan and my atron saint was made a galley slave by the Ottomans and killed at the Battle of Lepanto along with his nephew Giovanni s brother Gasparo became a Knight of Malta Malcolm rovides a fascinating description not just of the military activities of the Knights but their economic activities the rocess of admission and the internal olitics of the Knights Gasparo Bruni became captain of the National Geographic Kids Almanac 2020 papal flagship at the Battle of Lepanto and later fought for theapacy in Avignon during the Huguenot Wars ultimately dying in his bed at an advanced age His son Antonio became a Jesuit then a new and vigorous order studying in RomeDuring this eriod the late Sixteenth Century the Ottomans continued to expand fighting yet another war with Venice resulting in the capture of Ulcinj and its conversion to a Muslim town as it is today after killing much of the opulation despite a guarantee of safe conduct given in exchange for the city s surrender More Brutis and Brunis died here Those that remained moved to Istria to Koper Capodistria still under Venetian control From here the only Bruti reasonably well known to history Bartolomeo son of Antonio began his career as a diplomat and functionary for the Spanish and Venetians especially in negotiations and dealings with the Ottomans his role in Istanbul was mostly indistinguishable from that of a spy This role was greatly assisted by the on again off again Grand Vizier of this Why Is It Always About You?: The Seven Deadly Sins of Narcissism period Sinan Pasha not only being Albanian but related in an obscure but relevant way to Bartolomeorobably as a cousin by marriage of some sort The English also begin to appear at this oint where Elizabeth I was negotiating with the Sultan in order to gain traction against their common enemy the Spanish Habsburgs and Bartolomeo had dealings with them as wellBartolomeo moved to Moldavia and became the chief lieutenant of the voivode appointed by the Sultan Moldavia was self governing but in effect a satrapy of the Ottomans
and a awn in conflicts with the Poles and the Cossacks the Ottomans having conuered most of Hungary and turned Transylvania a Charming the Firefighter pawn in conflicts with the Poles and the Cossacks the Ottomans having conuered most of Hungary and turned Transylvania a separate state until it was later reunited with Hungary But Bartolomeo came out on the wrong side of aower struggle and didn t leave town with the exiled voivode fast enough so despite or because of his meteoric rise and accomplishment he was strangled and thrown in the river by the new voivode at age 34 apparently in art to avoid repaying a debt to him His second cousin Gasparo Bruni s son Antonio the Jesuit served the exiled voivode in the Tyrol and died of disease at a relatively young age Bartolomeo s brother Cristofero became a dragoman or interpreter in Istanbul This was an important office that freuently meant serving as a diplomat not just as a mere interpreter His relations and descendants served in this and similar offices for at least the next century thus the family ended intertwined with the Ottomans rather than their opponentsIf all this sounds complicated it is I m simplifying it considerably But then real life is complicated after all and Malcolm does an excellent job of keeping the story moving along One "thing that comes through very clearly is the orous nature of borders and relations among eoples and the key element of "that comes through very clearly is the orous nature of borders and relations among The Elements of Computing Systems: Building a Modern Computer from First Principles peoples and the key element of War comes and goes but under the surface trade especially in grain critical to both the Ottomans and the Venetians continues Men seek glory honor and sinecures from the state for their services Fortune s Wheel turns round and roundAlong the way few new lessons are learned There is little or nothing in this book thankfully that can be tied to modernolitics If there is a lesson it is a reinforcement of what we already know in the world before our times Love's Funny That Way people died unexpectedly and young much often than they do now Most of therotagonists of this book seem to be on an arc of ever greater success and then they die Some die in battle some of disease some of running afoul of the Sultan or some other owerful man Maybe robably the knowledge of this spurred them on to greater efforts it certainly did not seem to make them take easy and obvious steps to reduce the risk like simply staying at home No doubt they viewed life and the world differently than us even
though they for the most art they seem so similar to they for the most art they seem so similar to Reading about them still brings them close to us and reminds us that although times change eople remain basically the same in all their rich variation. Ade He describes the conflicting strategies of the Christian owers and the extraordinarily ambitious lans of the sultans and their viziers Few works since Fernand Braudel's classic account of the sixteenth century Mediterranean ublished than sixty years ago have ranged so widely through this vital eriod of Mediterranean and European history A masterpiece of scholarship as well as story telling Agents of Empire builds up a anoramic Último asalto picture both of Westernower Fear (Tricycle Teachings politics and of the interrelations between the Christian and Ottoman worlds.