This introductory study assesses Columbus' life and achievements in the context of the great era of European overseas exploration. A Genoese cartographer, Columbus was convinced that the existence of a Western route to Asia would prove that the world was round. The book traces his attempts to persuade Ferdinand and Isabella to fund his expedition, the events of his momentous 1492 voyage and the reaction to his discovery of the New World. It also considers his disappointing subsequent career as explorer and colonial administrator, his religious obsessions and his death as a forgotten pauper.About the Author:
About the Author:
Felipe Fernandez-Armesto is a Fellow of St. Antony's College, Oxford, and is the author of The Spanish Armada.
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Descripción Oxford University Press, 1991. Estado de conservación: New. Brand New, Unread Copy in Perfect Condition. A+ Customer Service! Summary: 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. Nº de ref. de la librería ABE_book_new_0192158988
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Descripción Oxford Univ Pr, Oxford - New York, 1991. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. Estado de la sobrecubierta: New. 1st Edition. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. First edition 1991, matching dates on title and copyright pages. Hardcover with DJ. Condition new, square tight and crisp book, no edgewear, no markings of ny kind, Not a reminder. DJ new, bright and shiny, no tears no chips no edgewear, Not clipped. . 8vo, XXVII + 219. Nº de ref. de la librería 007481
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Descripción Oxford University Press, 1991. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. Nº de ref. de la librería P110192158988