At the beginning of the nineteenth century, the life
of a petty tyrant in an obscure corner of the Ottoman Empire became
the stuff of legend. What propelled this cold-blooded archetype of
Oriental despotism, grandly known as ‘the Lion of Yanina’ and the
‘Balkan Napoleon’, into the consciousness of Western rulers and the
general public? This book charts the rise of Ali Pasha from brigand
leader to a player in world affairs and, ultimately, to a... more...