The Enemy at the Gate: Habsburgs, Ottomans, and the Battle for Europe

The Enemy at the Gate: Habsburgs, Ottomans, and the Battle for Europe

Andrew Wheatcroft


In 1683, an Ottoman military that stretched from horizon to horizon got down to grab the “Golden Apple,” as Turks spoke of Vienna. the consequent siege pitted battle-hardened Janissaries wielding seventeenth-century grenades opposed to Habsburg armies, greatly feared for his or her savagery. The partitions of Vienna bristled with weapons because the besieging Ottoman host introduced bombs, fired cannons, and showered the population with arrows in the course of the conflict for Christianity’s bulwark. both sides used to be sustained through the hatred of its age-old enemy, yes that victory will be gained by means of the grace of God.

The nice Siege of Vienna is the center-piece for historian Andrew Wheatcroft’s richly drawn portrait of the centuries-long competition among the Ottoman and Habsburg empires for keep an eye on of the ecu continent. A gripping paintings by way of a grasp historian, The Enemy on the Gate deals a well timed exam of an epic conflict of civilizations.

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