Roger Crowley

Roger Crowley (born 1951[1]) is a British historian and author known for his books on maritime and Mediterranean history.[2]

Life and career

Roger Crowley was educated at Sherborne School and read English at Emmanuel College Cambridge. As the child of a naval family, early experiences of life in Malta gave him a deep interest in the history and culture of the Mediterranean world, which has remained the major subject of his work. He has travelled widely in the Greek-speaking world, taught English in Istanbul and walked across Western Turkey. He worked for many years as a publisher before pursuing a full-time writing career. He is married and lives in England in the Gloucestershire countryside.[3]

He has a reputation for writing page-turning narrative history based on original sources and eyewitness accounts combined with careful scholarship. He is the author of a loose trilogy of books on the history of the Mediterranean: Constantinople: The Last Great Siege/1453 (2005), drawing on his interest in Istanbul, Empires of the Sea (2008) about the contest for the Mediterranean between the Ottomans and Christian Europe, which was a Sunday Times (UK) History Book of the Year in 2009 and a New York Times Bestseller – and City of Fortune on Venice’s maritime empire (2011).[4] These were followed by Conquerors (2015), an account of the Portuguese discovery of the world. His latest book, Accursed Tower: The Crusaders' Last Battle for the Holy Land (Yale, 2019) chronicles the end of the crusades and the fall of Akko in 1291. His books have been translated into more than twenty languages.[5]

Roger has talked to audiences as diverse as Melvyn Bragg’s BBC programme In Our Time, the Center Analyses in Washington, NATO, the Hay Festival, and the National Maritime Museum, appeared on TV programmes, written articles and reviews, and lectured to tour groups.[6]



  • 1453: The Holy War for Constantinople and the Clash of Islam and the West. New York: Hachette Books, 2005.(US edition) ISBN 9781401308506 [7]
  • Great Constantinople: The Last Siege. London: Faber, 2005.(UK edition) ISBN 9780571298204[8]
  • Empires of the Sea: The Siege of Malta, the Battle of Lepanto, and the Contest for the Center of the World. New York: Random House, 2008. (US edition) ISBN 9780812977646 [9] (UK edition) London: Faber, 2008. ISBN 9780571298198[10]
  • City of Fortune: How Venice Ruled the Seas. New York: Random House, 2012. (US edition) ISBN 9780812980226[11] (UK edition) London: Faber, 2012. ISBN 9780571245956[12]
  • Conquerors: How Portugal Forged the First Global Empire. New York: Random House, 2015. ISBN 9780812994001[13][14][15] (UK edition) London: Faber, 2015. ISBN 9780571290901 [16]
  • Accursed Tower: The Crusaders' Last Battle for the Holy Land. London: Yale University Press, 2019 (UK edition) ISBN 9780300230314 [17] (US edition) Basic Books, 2019. ISBN 9781541697348[18]


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  6. "Constantinople Siege and Fall, In Our Time".
  7. Staniszewski, Michał (7 April 2013). "Roger Crowley – „1453. Upadek Konstantynopola" – recenzja" [Roger Crowley – "1453. The fall of Constantinople" - review]. Histmag (in Polish).
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  9. Bennetts, M. M. (14 July 2008). "'Empires of the Sea'". The Christian Science Monitor.
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  11. Cliff, Nigel (27 January 2012). "The Reign of Venice". The New York Times.
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  13. Walton, David (December 2015). "History: 'Conquerors: How Portugal Forged the First Global Empire,' by Roger Crowley". Dallas News. Retrieved 6 September 2017.
  14. Prodger, Michael (September 2015). "History: 'Conquerors: How Portugal Forged the First Global Empire,' by Roger Crowley". Financial Times. Retrieved 6 September 2017.
  15. Morris, Ian (15 January 2016). "'Conquerors: How Portugal Forged the First Global Empire,' by Roger Crowley". The New York Times. Retrieved 27 October 2017.
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