Ottoman

Ottoman

Alan Savage / Oct 20, 2019

Ottoman In an English master gunner John Hawkwood arrives in Constantinople He intends to enter the service of the Byzantine Emperor whose capital is this astonishing meeting place of East and West no

  • Title: Ottoman
  • Author: Alan Savage
  • ISBN: 9780356191256
  • Page: 387
  • Format: Hardcover
  • In 1448 an English master gunner, John Hawkwood, arrives in Constantinople He intends to enter the service of the Byzantine Emperor, whose capital is this astonishing meeting place of East and West now in dire threat from the Ottoman Turks.But even gunpowder cannot prevail and, in 1453, Constantinople falls to the foe By fate the Hawkwoods have already changed allegianIn 1448 an English master gunner, John Hawkwood, arrives in Constantinople He intends to enter the service of the Byzantine Emperor, whose capital is this astonishing meeting place of East and West now in dire threat from the Ottoman Turks.But even gunpowder cannot prevail and, in 1453, Constantinople falls to the foe By fate the Hawkwoods have already changed allegiance, and now serve the conquerors in their victorious surge across eastern Europe and the Mediterranean shores.Though showered with wealth and privilege, they need every ounce of political cunning to survive the swirling intrigues and bloody massacres which dominate the Ottoman realm For four generations the Hawkwood men are military leaders and envoys, while their women are beautiful captives or dutiful concubines trained in the arts of sensual pleasure.But always the grim spectres of betrayal and sudden death, of ravishment and torture lurk behind the gilded pillars of their palaces and harems.An historical epic which relates the exploits of the Hawkwood family of master gunners between 1448 and 1572, the date of the battle of Lepanto The story revolves around Constantinople and recreates the dying years of the Byzantine emperors and the conquest and magnificence of the Ottomans.

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      • Alan Savage

        Christopher Robin Nicole was born on 7 December 1930 in Georgetown, British Guiana now Guyana , where he was raised He is the son of Jean Dorothy Logan and Jack Nicole, a police officer, both Scottish He studied at Queen s College in Guyana and at Harrison College in Barbados He was a fellow at the Canadian Bankers Association and a clerk for the Royal Bank of Canada in Georgetown and Nassau from 1947 to 1956 In 1957, he moved to Guernsey, Channel Islands, United Kingdom, where he currently lives, but he also has a domicile in Spain.On 31 March 1951, he married his first wife, Jean Regina Amelia Barnett, with whom he had two sons, Bruce and Jack, and two daughters, Julie and Ursula, they divorced On 8 May 1982 he married for the second time with fellow writer Diana Bachmann.As a romantic and passionate of history, Nicole has been published since 1957, when he published a book about West Indian Cricket He published his first novel in 1959 with his first stories set in his native Caribbean Later he wrote many historical novels set mostly in tumultuous periods like World War I, World War II and the Cold War, and depict places in Europe, Asia and Africa He also wrote classic romance novels He specialized in Series and Sagas, and continues to write into the 21st century with no intention of retiring.He signs his books as Christopher Nicole and uses several pseudonyms, some of them female Pseudonyms used include Peter Grange, Andrew York, Robin Cade, Mark Logan, Christina Nicholson, Alison York, Leslie Arlen, Robin Nicholson, C R Nicholson, Daniel Adams, Simon McKay, Caroline Gray and Alan Savage He wrote disaster thrillers in collaboration with his wife, Diana Bachmann, under the penname Max Marlow Under his different pseudonyms he has worked with many publishing houses Jarrolds, Hutchinson, Simon Schuster, Coward McCann Geoghegan, Jove, Michael Joseph, Mills Boon, and Severn House enpedia wiki Christop andopenlibrary authors OL1009


    211 Comments


    1. Just arrived from Sweden, kindly sent by dear Bettie. This is the story of three generations of the Hawkwood family, starting with the battle in Constantinople, showing the power of Ottoman Turks and ending with the famous battle of Lepanto. By the end of the book, Miguel of Cervantes appears as a character of this drama.


    2. It's better than the average historical-adventure-romance novel with its well-researched subject matter and well-used language (though there are minor issues here and there). Still, it doesn't go beyond the usual Orientalist outlook of the works produced in the genre. It doesn't necessarily have to go beyond what it is anyway, it's fun to read, given that it's a rather long novel for what it is.


    3. Good solid historical storytelling.I feel slightly guilty at only giving this book 4 stars but I can't get away from the fact that whilst I found the book for the most part totally enthralling, at times I was tempted either to skip pages or actually did so.The portrayal of the Ottoman court and its culture was superb as were the descriptions of the military expeditions, but I found the descriptions of the Hawkwoods domesticity hard work, especially the sex scenes. So much for making love not war [...]


    4. Good historical background but this book can't decide what it wants to be. Adventure story, history lesson, romance. There are jarring shifts between the story and the history lecture. Not bad, but could have been so much better than it is.


    5. I would give it a solid 3.5 if I could. I will say this right off the boat, for me this book was really hard to finish, because there is so much information the author is always throwing at your face. But for that reason I also like the book as well, we get a lot of information about everything which gives us a very solid setting, along with well developed characters. I believe that if there was less information cut from certain places it would have not been such a slog to get through the book a [...]




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