SiegeBook - 2008
The imperial Pasha--an instrument of the vast bureaucracy of the Ottoman Empire--is the commander-in-chief of a war council that debates and decides the strategies and methods meant to grind away at the Albanians' hold on their citadel and indeed their very way of life. The Pasha's cabinet embodies the political and strategic impulses that have characterized the mechanics of warfare throughout history: the engineer behind a technologically unprecedented weapon; the embattled leader of the restless foot soldiers and artillerymen; as well as the poet, war chronicler and astrologer who place it all in a larger context. All the while, the Pasha's harem soothes his greatest fears and insecurities as the siege becomes increasingly oppressive and hopeless - both for the besiegers and the besieged.
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Harriet_the_Spy Aug 16, 2010
A Christian fortress holds out against the larger and better armed Ottoman army. Modern warfare in the form of ever-larger cannons is deployed alongside soothsayers and astrologers; each failure is followed by a ruthless purge of anyone who might be considered responsible. The Turkish commander r... Read More »
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