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✓ Read · Over the Edge of the World: Magellan's Terrifying Circumnavigation of the Globe by Laurence Bergreen ☆ It was a dream as old as the imagination a voyage to the ends of the earth I could hardly believe this is a non fiction book The way Lawrence Bergreen tells it, it rivals the greatest epics of literature, with Magellan a mythical figure to rival Jason or Ulysses Every word of the book is supported by contemporary documents and whatever speculation was needed in the absence of facts is balanced by presenting the alternative points of view Bergreen convinced me with his very first book I read that he belongs to the top of his class of historians, not mainly through the thoroughness of his research but mostly through the passion for the subject that jumps out of every page and for the clarity, ease and focus of his prose that informs without drowning the reader in trivia or footnotesVictoria and her ravaged little crew were all that was left, a ghost ship haunted The Riveting Story Of Ferdinand Magellan S Historic , Mile Ocean Voyage Prodigious Research, Sure Footed Prose And Vivid Descriptions Make For A Thoroughly Satisfying Account It Is All Here In The Wondrous Detail, A First Rate Historical Page Turner New York Times Book Review Ferdinand Magellan S Daring Circumnavigation Of The Globe In The Sixteenth Century Was A Three Year Odyssey Filled With Sex, Violence, And Amazing Adventure Now In Over The Edge Of The World, Prize Winning Biographer And Journalist Laurence Bergreen Entwines A Variety Of Candid, Firsthand Accounts, Bringing To Life This Groundbreaking And Majestic Tale Of Discovery That Changed Both The Way Explorers Would Henceforth Navigate The Oceans And History Itself Synopsis In 1519 Spain and Portugal dominated the seas, and spice, which the author states was the oil of the time, enveloped both countries in an intense rivalry for control of the spice trade Why couldn t both countries share the wealth Well, after Columbus had reported his New World discoveries back in 1493 to the Pope, both countries got into it over territory A bit later the Pope divided the world into two parts, half belonging to Spain and half belonging to Portugal I had to go and look this up because it is somewhat confusing I studied East Asian history, not medieval Spanish history Anyway, the Treaty of Tordesillas was born, and this line of demarcation meant that within the Portuguese zone, the Portuguese could claim lands newly discovered the same for Spain within theirs However, the spice trade was i When you re old like me, you hear stories about these explorers if ya know what I mean wink wink , but usually it s a truncated version handed down to you from a school teacher back in the 1970s, who wasn t much well versed in the subject than yourselfIn 1521, Mr Magellan was the first man to sail around the world This was at a time when the world was flat, so it was very tricky Okay, my miseducation wasn t as bad as all that However, it is nice to fill in the gaps of knowledge with seemingly well researched books like Laurence Bergreen s Over the Edge of the World Magellan s Terrifying Circumnavigation of the Globe.
A good amount of time is spent on Magellan s struggle just to get the backing to begin his endeavor Maybe that might bore some people, especially since it s right up front Getting to the a It was a dream as old as the imagination a voyage to the ends of the earth I could hardly believe this is a non fiction book The way Lawrence Bergreen tells it, it rivals the greatest epics of literature, with Magellan a mythical figure to rival Jason or Ulysses Every word of the book is supported by contemporary documents and whatever speculation was needed in the absence of facts is balanced by presenting the alternative points of view Bergreen convinced me with his very first book I read that he belongs to the top of his class of historians, not mainly through the thoroughness of his research but mostly through the passion for the subject that jumps out of every page and for the clarity, ease and focus of his prose that informs without drowning the reader in trivia or footnotesVictoria and her ravaged little crew were all that was left, a ghost ship haunted This is a must read book for all Filipinos In elementary school, we are taught to memorize some facts about Ferdinand Magellan and I can still recall having to memorize the date when Magellan landed in Limasawa Samar and the 5 ships that were part of his expedition Trinidad, Victoria, San Antonio, Concepcion and Santiago Before reading this book, I could hardly recall the differenting facts that happened with each of them This book described all those together with who Magellan was and the difficulty that he and his men experienced in search of the Spice Island during the 16th century.
Our Lapu Lapu killed Magellan Thus for us, Lapu Lapu is the hero and Magellan is the villain However, this book puts Magellan in a different light Laurence Bergreen says that Magellan is a better ocean navigator than Christopher Columbus who discovered This is a must read book for all Filipinos In elementary school, we are taught to memorize some facts about Ferdinand Magellan and I can still recall having to memorize the date when Magellan landed in Limasawa Samar and the 5 ships that were part of his expedition Trinidad, Victoria, San Antonio, Concepcion and Santiago Before reading this book, I could hardly recall the differenting facts that happened with each of them This book described all those together with who Magellan was and the difficulty that he and his men experienced in search of the Spice Island during the 16th century.
Our Lapu Lapu killed Magellan Thus for us, Lapu Lapu is the hero and Magellan is the villain However, this book puts Magellan in a different light Laurence Bergreen says that Magellan is a better ocean navigator than Christopher Columbus who discovered Are schoolkids taught about Ferdinand Magellan any The reason I ask is because I do remember reading in a textbook about Magellan s around the world trip and how he had been the first person at least documented to do so That led me, all these years later, to deciding to read this book and learn than just some superficial facts about his voyage I am glad I did so, and I think most people with an interest in world history or exploration will also find this to be an engaging read.
Laurence Bergreen begins the book by examining the state of the world in the late 1400s early 1500s Basically, with help from the Vatican, the world was cut into two spheres of influence a Spanish half and a Portuguese half The Spice Islands, halfway around the world in the Pacific Ocean, were coveted by both countries due to the lucrative cloves and spices that grew in abundance there Bergreen then introduces M 3.
5 stars This book is well researched and makes for relatively interesting reading But I think it suffers from a misleading subtitle I mean, there s nothing PARTICULARLY terrifying about the circumnavigation, other than the fact that no one knew where they were going And, like, the fact that a bunch of their ships sank But that almost seems to be glossed over and therefore has very little impact The part that was most interesting for me is the sections where the armada reached the Philippines Because Magellan really went and got himself killed A society that caters to female sexual pleasure and where female virginity isn t considered sacred WE MUST BURN IT TO THE GROUND Oh, shit They re angry now slow clap with resting bitch face I meanSERIOUSLY So anyway, Magellan dies like 3 4 of the way through the book The rest felt kind of rushed to me I mean, A great adventure by the daring men who first circumnavigated the globe Interesting lessons that some parties ought to have paid attention to For example, torture was commonly used for discipline on board ships in the early 16th century one of the techniques used was adopted from the Spanish Inquisition it involved pouring water into a man s nose and mouth to make him think he s drowning sound familiar I had long known Magellan didn t complete the voyage he was killed in the Phillipine Islands, but I didn t know the circumstances Essentially, he took his eye off the ball The mission of his voyage was to reach the Spice Islands and return laden with cloves Before finding them, he got sidetracked in trying to convert Phillipine Islanders to Christianity and involving his armada in political intrigue between the cheiftains of neighboring islands, the nuances of whose culture he clearl This is the third Bergreen book I ve read While all are good and recommended, neither this book on Magellan nor his recent book Marco Polo From Venice to Xanadu meet the very high standards of his earlier Louis Armstrong An Extravagant Life.
The lay out of chapters, divided every page or so, makes this a faster read than its 400 pages imply While it s easily readable, it is not totally satisfying I can t fully identify the problem in separating why this good book 4 star shouldn t be a very good 5 star book.
The prose seems to be weaker than that of the Armstrong biography and having given my copy of Armstrong away, I can t fully or verify this Like the Polo biography, this kind of travel book should have MAPS The NASA maps seem to be filler, as though the publisher could not or would not find and label maps that fit the text.
The portrait of Magellan is not consistent While his nav I have sometimes idly wondered what it must have been like to have been with Columbus, Magellan, Cook, and others when they first encountered new lands, and when societies with no previous knowledge of each other met for the first time This book provides some wonderful descriptions of how Magellan s fleet encountered the natives of Patagonia, and of Guam, as well as their wonderment at the journey through what is now the Strait of Magellan In contrast, when the Spanish fleet arrived at what is now the Philippines, they entered a world that was part of a trading network that covered the whole of Eastern and Southern Asia, and the local people showed no particular surprise at the arrival of a new trading fleet When they eventually arrived at the fabled Spice Islands, they entered territory that the Portuguese had been visiting for some years, although of course the Portuguese sailed Portuguese Navigator, first to sail around the world to establish a westbound route to the spice rich Moluccas That s the schoolbook snap shot of Magellan Maybe you also know he didn t actually make it Killed in the Philippines But do you know he had been a soldier who fought in Morroco, India, and the Far East, was many times wounded, and walked with a limp as a result That he had actually gone to the Moluccas as a member of a Portuguese expedition sailing east That he tried for years and years to get an exploration fleet funded to sail to the Spice Islands by sailing west Or that he didn t sail for Portugal, but for Spain How about that once his expedition was at sea in September of 1519, he faced almos Synopsis In 1519 Spain and Portugal dominated the seas, and spice, which the author states was the oil of the time, enveloped both countries in an intense rivalry for control of the spice trade Why couldn t both countries share the wealth Well, after Columbus had reported his New World discoveries back in 1493 to the Pope, both countries got into it over territory A bit later the Pope divided the world into two parts, half belonging to Spain and half belonging to Portugal I had to go and look this up because it is somewhat confusing I studied East Asian history, not medieval Spanish history Anyway, the Treaty of Tordesillas was born, and this line of demarcation meant that within the Portuguese zone, the Portuguese could claim lands newly discovered the same for Spain within theirs However, the spice trade was i

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✓ Read · Over the Edge of the World: Magellan's Terrifying Circumnavigation of the Globe by Laurence Bergreen ☆ pamyatnik.pro Laurence Bergreen is an award winning biographer, historian, and chronicler of exploration His books have been translated into over 20 languages worldwide In October 2007, Alfred A Knopf published Marco Polo From Venice to Xanadu, a groundbreaking biography of the iconic traveler Warner Brothers is developing a feature film based on this book starring Matt Damon and written by William