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The Siege of Mazagão

A Perilous Moment in the Defence of Christendom against Islam


John R. C. Martyn

The siege of Mazagão lasted for three months in 1562. The Portuguese victory over a massive Arabic/Ottoman army safeguarded Iberian trade routes and may have saved Europe from Islamic occupation. An extensive amount of unknown evidence on this battle first appears in the book including two Latin mini-epics on the Siege, an eye-witness prose account (the only reliable one to have survived), and nine letters written by Jesuits under bombardement, sent there to cure the sick and bury the dead. The fortress design is also described.