8 July: Sir Noel Malcolm, Agents of Empire

Wednesday, 8th July 2015 at 6:30pm - 8pm

Location: Embassy of Albania, 33 St George's Drive, London, SW1V 4DG

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Dear Member,

We are pleased to announce that, on 8 July, Sir Noel Malcolm will give us a talk on his latest book "Agents of Empire: Knights, Corsairs, Jesuits and Spies in the 16th.-century Mediterranean World ", recently published by Penguin.  The talk will take place at the Embassy of Albania, 33 St George's Drive, London SW1V 4DG starting at 6.30 for 7pm, on Wednesday 8 July, and will be followed by Q and A and refreshments.    

As Penguin describes:      

In the second half of the sixteenth century, most of 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 forms of peaceful interaction across the surprisingly porous frontiers of these opposing power-blocs.Agents of Empire describes the paths taken through the eastern Mediterranean and its European hinterland by members of a Venetian-Albanian family, almost all of them previously invisible to history........A masterpiece of scholarship as well as story-telling, Agents of Empire builds up a panoramic picture, both of Western power-politics and of the interrelations between the Christian and Ottoman worlds.

Reviews which appeared in the Telegraph and Guardian on 13 June can be accessed on these links:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/books/bookreviews/11667220/Agents-of-Empire-by-Noel-Malcolm-review.html

 

http://www.theguardian.com/books/2015/jun/10/agents-of-empire-knights-corsairs-jesuits-spies-sixteenth-century-mediterranean-noel-malcolm-review

Please indicate early whether you wish to attend or not.  Entry to the event will be granted on a first come first serve basis.

The next event we have scheduled after Sir Noel's talk is Elizabeth Gowing's launch of her latest book, "The Rubbish-Picker's Wife", which will take place at the Embassy of Kosovo on Wednesday 9 September.

Best wishes,

Stephen Nash

Chairman

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