Friday, 22 June 2018

La Guerra di Candia - Venice's defence of Crete

I bought these two on a whim this week. They fall into the Baroque era covered by my 1670's armies, and with my Ottomans as yet untested on the tabletop I thought this campaign might be interesting and provide the seeds for a few games or a campaign. I think (but am not sure) that this war features briefly in the classic "Saraband for Dead Lovers" as certainly troops from Hanover/Celle were hired out to fight the Turks and some were garrisoned in Candia (Crete). 

Set in seventeenth century Hanover it depicts the doomed romance between Philip Christoph von Königsmarck and Sophia Dorothea of Celle, the wife of the Elector of Hanover (later to be George I of England).

Back to the books, Crete was in a state of almost permanent siege during this period, so provides plenty of gaming opportunities. The books are in Italian but are lavishly illustrated and these have English captions and explanations, so my schoolboy Italian won't be tested too much to start with.


7 comments:

  1. There were almost 2000 troops from Hannover and Celle in Candia at one point. Good job I have a few regiments in my collection.

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    1. so even then getting a sunbed before the Germans was a bigger!

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  2. I've got a 1938 novel of Saraband somewhere called "Konigsmark" by A E W Mason.

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  3. I noticed this yesterday while looking thru Helion's site

    "THE CRETAN WAR (1645-1671). THE VENETIAN-OTTOMAN STRUGGLE IN THE MEDITERRANEAN"

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  4. There is also a 2 volume set on the Turkish forces for this war- again in Italian- which I have

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