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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP10 Dec 2018 12:21 p.m. PST

"Ali Pasha was a interesting character – so fascinating that I have a print of him on my study wall. Yes, I know, very sad. So a newish biography is an essential read.

Quentin and Eugenia Russell use the sub-title "The Remarkable Life of the Balkan Napoleon". This is not an unfair description of the de facto ruler of Epirus with interests much wider than that in the early 19th Century. The weakness of the Ottoman Empire at the time meant that the western powers dealt with him directly, and he played them off pretty well to expand his territories and wealth.

Western travellers, like Byron, wrote about him, lending a romantic tinge to the story. He could clearly be charming and courageous, as well as being a murderous rogue. His palaces and a harem of six hundred women, no doubt added to the story!…."
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evilgong10 Dec 2018 1:53 p.m. PST

He also used rockets as supplied by the Brits.


Grelber10 Dec 2018 10:10 p.m. PST

He figures in Dumas's novel The Count of Monte Cristo.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP11 Dec 2018 11:32 a.m. PST



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