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Columbus: And the Conquest of the Impossibleby Felipe Fernandez-armesto
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A highly readable and controversial portrait of a man driven by religion, influenced by mysticism, and, at best, a primitive navigator who barely knew how to use his ship's instruments. A pre-eminent historian calls into question earlier findings by himself and other scholars. With a new introduction and updates that reassess Columbus's skills, motivations, and beliefs--placing him firmly in the context of his own time. "...In a class of his own for serious scholarship."--Spectator.
This controversial biography of Christopher Columbus argues that he is best understood as a primitive celestial navigator, fuelled by a progressive religiosity yet strongly influenced by mysticism and millennarianism.
Includes bibliographical references (p. ) and index.
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