Bruce Ware Allen has written on the sixteenth-century Mediterranean world for Military History Quarterly, Military Heritage, and for Treasures of Malta (the publication of the Malta Historical Society). He grew up in New York City, the Netherlands, and Italy, and was educated at Duke University. This is his first book.
"Gripping. . . . This is an important new study of one of the greatest of episodes in Malta's illustrious history."-- "The Journal of the Maltese Diaspora" "This book offers many excellent things: it's a gripping read, and its scholarship opens a window onto a fascinating world. It provides deep insights into the nature of war and battle - or perhaps one should say into human nature - as well as providing some very thought-provoking parallels with today's geopolitical situation. Highly recommended to all readers."-- "Naval Historical Foundation" "Allen's mastery of the subject is evident throughout, and his is the most extensive bibliography of relevant materials to date, including as it does previously unutilized sources."-- "Military History Quarterly" Allen has done a fine job of researching his subject. His footnotes bristle with references to relevant primary sources both Christian and Ottoman. . . . The writing is is lucid and crisp, which makes for a readable book.-- "The Sixteenth Century Journal"