George Castriota Scanderbeg
The struggle of the Albanian people led by George Castriota Scanderbeg to defend Europe against the assault of the Ottoman Turks has been much celebrated. For a quarter of a century, from 1443 until his death in 1468, he used his military prowess to thwart the efforts of the most powerful Empire in the world at that time to subdue his tiny country.
Although 550 years have passed since his death, Scanderbeg remains as relevant as ever. One of the true heroes of the Middle Ages, his remarkable story remains little known outside of Albania. George Castriota defended Europe for a quarter of a century. It can rightly be said, helped to save Western civilization from being overrun by Islam and suffering the same fate as the once-mighty Byzantine Empire.
Although the challenges have changed over the centuries, the clash of civilizations, which the history of the Albanian struggle to fend off the Islamic onslaught illustrates, continues today. As a result, it is all the more worth noting the contribution that this tiny land, led by Scanderbeg, made in the fight to preserve Western culture and civilization. Equally important is the example set by the Albanian people in ultimately harmonizing these two great civilizations.
As we commemorate the 550th anniversary of his death, this book draws attention to the genius and remarkable achievements of Scanderbeg. The book illustrates how helped shape the identity of the Albanian people, and it brings to light the important contribution that this small but proud nation has made to European civilization.
About the Author
The author, Dr. A.K. Brackob, has a Ph.D. in history from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is a leading specialist on East European history during the Middle Ages. His other books include Mircea the Old: Father of Wallachia, Grandfather of Dracula.
Imprint: Vita Histria
220 pp., 5.5 x 8.5 in (216mm x140 mm) Illustrated, Bibliography
Date of Publication: May 1, 2018
Date of Publication: 2017
Date of Publication: May 1, 2020
“This book delivers a thorough account of the life of the medieval Albanian military commander George Castriot Scanderbeg and paints a truly fascinating picture of a key period in world history — that moment when the Byzantine Empire came to an end at the hands of the Ottomans. This book is especially valuable, since it is so difficult to find in-depth historical scholarship in English on this particular period and geography.” – Amazon.com
This is the only serious biographical study of Scanderbeg available in English. It is essential reading for anyone interested in 15th century Europe.