Since the Turks first shattered the glory of the French crusaders in 1396, the Ottoman Empire has exerted a profound, lasting pull on the Western mindset. For six centuries, it swelled and declined, by turns advancing and almost collapsing. Lords of the Horizons explores the strange, dynamic, polyglot empire that sprang from the Balkans, the Black Sea region, and the Middle East: its faith Islamic, its ceremony Byzantine, its dignity Persian, its wealth Egyptian, and its letters Arabic.
In this dazzling and sweeping evocation of an empire's political and cultural power, Jason Goodwin explores how the Ottomans rose and how, against all odds, they lingered on. In doing so, he also looks back to the origins of problems that now plague the Kosovars and Serbs.