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Hazard, H. W. (ed.) / The fourteenth and fifteenth centuries
(1975)

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 xiv FOREWORD 
with the humiliation of king James (1426), the Venetians later acquired the
island and held it for more than eighty years (1489— 1571). Early in
the sixteenth century Selim I's destruction of the Mamluk power in Egypt
(1517) made the Turks masters of the eastern Mediterranean littoral. The
Hospitallers had to surrender Rhodes on the first day of the new year 1523,
but Malta held out against the Turks in 1565, and the naval forces of Christendom
were victorious at Lepanto in 1571. 
Although Dr. Hazard and I had once hoped to carry the Crusades down to the
Venetian surrender of Crete to the Turks in 1669, time and circumstance have
moderated our ambition. Our plans have changed somewhat—inevitably
so—in the twenty years that have passed since the appearance of the
first volume. Volume IV will deal primarily with the art and architecture
of the crusader states; Vol ume V, with political and economic institutions,
agricultural condi tions, crusading propaganda, western missions, religious
minorities, and social history. Volume VI will be an atlas and gazetteer
of crusading history. 
KENNETH M. SETTON 
The Institute for Advanced Study 
Princeton, New Jersey 
October 10, 1974 


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