Tournament of Books 2015
 
 

Special Offers see all

Enter to WIN a $100 Credit

Subscribe to PowellsBooks.news
for a chance to win.
Privacy Policy

Visit our stores


    Recently Viewed clear list


    Interviews | March 10, 2015

    Shawn Donley: IMG Claire Fuller: The Powells.com Interview



    Claire FullerOur Endless Numbered Days tells the story of eight-year-old Peggy and her survivalist father, James, who inexplicably leave behind their London home... Continue »
    1. $11.17 Sale Trade Paper add to wish list

      Our Endless Numbered Days

      Claire Fuller 9781941040010

    spacer
Qualifying orders ship free.
$8.50
Used Trade Paper
Ships in 1 to 3 days
Add to Wishlist
Qty Store Section
1 Burnside Exploration- New World

Columbus

by

Columbus Cover

 

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

In 1992 we mark the 500th anniversary of Christopher Columbus's first voyage to the New World. But for most of us, this pivotal figure remains as distant and mysterious as the New World must have seemed to him. What sort of man was Columbus? Was he a zealous crusader or a mystic seer, as various legends have it, or an embodiment of bourgeois capitalism, as new interpretations claim? In this concise, authoritative biography, Felipe Fernandez-Armesto provides us with a striking view of the first European to explore America, going beyond popular misconception to reveal the real individual behind the romantic fictions.

The Columbus that emerges here may differ from the one described in text books and speculative fantasies, but Fernandez-Armesto's Columbus derives from thorough research into verifiable sources. Fernandez-Armesto paints a new picture of an ambitious, socially awkward parvenu, an autodidact who was intellectually aggressive but easily cowed, an embittered escapee from distressing realities, an adventurer inhibited by fear of failure. The author carefully places Columbus in the context of his society, describing in detail both the explorer's Genoese roots and the culture of his adopted Castillian home. We gain insight into the workings of Ferdinand and Isabella's royal court, as we watch him struggle to attain patronage for his ambitious travel plans; we learn about the role of contemporary cartography in the formation of Columbus's vision of the world through an analysis of marginal notes in his library. And of course we accompany him on his four trips to the New World, watching his reactions to these newly discovered lands and people, following his unsuccessful career as a colonial administrator in Hispaniola, and charting his growing religious obsessions. Fernandez-Armesto assesses the preservation and transcription of Columbus's writings through the work of the 16th century Spaniard Bartolome de Las Casas, and sets the voyages within the context of the ongoing discovery of North and South America.

Complete with eight pages of illustrations and a chronology of Columbus's life and work, this biography provides a compact and up-to-date guide to the explorer and his voyages. Written by an acknowledged authority on the legendary explorer, this book will be a standard for people wanting to separate the facts from the fantasy.

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. [195]-210) and index.

About the Author

About the Author -

Felipe Fernandez-Armesto is a Fellow of St. Antony's College, Oxford University, and is the author of The Spanish Armada.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780192852601
Author:
Fernandez Armesto, F
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Author:
null, Felipe
Author:
Fern?ndez-Armesto, Felipe
Author:
Fernndez-Armesto, Felipe
Author:
Fern�ndez-Armesto, Felipe
Author:
Fernandez-Armesto, Felipe
Location:
Oxford ;
Series Volume:
#92-05
Publication Date:
19920416
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Illustrations:
8 pp. b/w plates, 5 maps
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
7.75 x 5.06 x 0.693 in 0.43 lb

Other books you might like

  1. O'Keeffe & Me: A Treasured Friendship Used Hardcover $13.95
  2. Do Kangaroos Wear Seatbelts? Used Hardcover $7.95
  3. How the Irish Saved Civilization:...
    Used Trade Paper $4.95
  4. Fortune Teller Told Me Used Trade Paper $8.95
  5. The Offshore Advantage: Privacy,... Used Hardcover $2.25

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » Exploration » New World

Columbus Used Trade Paper
0 stars - 0 reviews
$8.50 In Stock
Product details 256 pages OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS - English 9780192852601 Reviews:
spacer
spacer
  • back to top

FOLLOW US ON...

     
Powell's City of Books is an independent bookstore in Portland, Oregon, that fills a whole city block with more than a million new, used, and out of print books. Shop those shelves — plus literally millions more books, DVDs, and gifts — here at Powells.com.