The Last Crusade: The Epic Voyages Of Vasco Da Gama

Paperback | August 28, 2012

byNigel Cliff

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HistorianNigel Cliff delivers a sweeping, radical reinterpretation of Vasco da Gama’spioneering voyages, revealing their significance as a decisive turning point inthe struggle between Christianity and Islam—a series of events which foreveraltered the relationship between East and West. Perfect for readers of Endurance:Shackleton’s Incredible Voyage, Galileo’sDaughter, and Atlantic, this first-ever completeaccount of da Gama’s voyages includes new information from the recentlydiscovered diaries of his sailors and an extraordinary series of lettersbetween da Gama and the Zamorin, a king of modern-dayKerala, India. Cliff, the author of The Shakespeare Riots, draws uponhis own travels in da Gama’s footsteps to add detail, authenticity, and acontemporary perspective to this riveting, one-of-a-kind historical epic.

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HistorianNigel Cliff delivers a sweeping, radical reinterpretation of Vasco da Gama’spioneering voyages, revealing their significance as a decisive turning point inthe struggle between Christianity and Islam—a series of events which foreveraltered the relationship between East and West. Perfect for readers of Endurance:Shackleton’s Inc...

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In 1498 a young captain named Vasco da Gama sailed from Portugal, circumnavigated Africa, crossed the Indian Ocean, and discovered the sea route to the Indies and, with it, access to the fabled wealth of the East. It was the longest voyage ever undertaken at that time. With blood-red Crusader crosses emblazoned on their sails, the expl...

Nigel Cliff is a historian, biographer, and critic. He was educated at Oxford University, where he was awarded the Beddington Prize for English Literature. He is a former theater and film critic for the London Times and a contributor to theEconomistand other publications. His first book,The Shakespeare Riots, was a finalist for the Nat...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:560 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.9 inPublished:August 28, 2012Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Simply Amazing! Awesome recounting how Portugal's Voyages of Exploration were a continuation of the Holy War against Islam under the aegis of empire building and opening up trade routes to India and beyond. Nigel Cliff brilliantly focuses is book on the bravest of all mariners Vasco Da Gama and his world. Historians have given way too much coverage on Columbus and his accidental 'discovery' of the West Indies while the route to India and the lure of spices had a greater reverberation to modern history. So much of Christianity's rivalry with Islam can be traced to the Iberian Reconquista, maritime expansion, and the rise of the Ottoman Empire. Great book for any lover of history and the geopolitical dynamics.
Date published: 2012-02-26

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“A stirringly epic book…a thrilling narrative…This is broad-brush history, but it is accurate, and enlivened by splendid spots of color.”