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Nathaniel's Nutmeg: How One Man's Courage Changed the Course of History
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Giles Milton
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Nathaniel's Nutmeg: How One Man's Courage Changed the Course of History

Giles Milton



Biography: historical, political & military;
British & Irish history;
History of the Americas;
Early modern history: c 1450 to c 1700;
Geographical discovery & exploration


400 pages

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In 1616, an English adventurer, Nathaniel Courthope, stepped ashore on a remote island in the East Indies on a secret mission - to persuade the islanders of Run to grant a monopoly to England over their nutmeg, a fabulously valuable spice in Europe. This infuriated the Dutch, who were determined to control the world's nutmeg supply. For five years Courthope and his band of thirty men were besieged by a force one hundred times greater - and his heroism set in motion the events that led to the founding of the greatest city on earth.

A beautifully told adventure story and a fascinating depiction of exploration in the seventeenth century, NATHANIEL'S NUTMEG sheds a remarkable light on history.

By:   Giles Milton
Imprint:   Sceptre
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Edition:   New edition
Dimensions:   Height: 198mm,  Width: 130mm,  Spine: 30mm
Weight:   280g
ISBN:   9780340696767
ISBN 10:   0340696761
Pages:   400
Publication Date:   April 2000
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Giles Milton is a writer and journalist. He has contributed articles for most of the British national newspapers as well as many foreign publications and specialises in the history of travel and exploration. In the course of his researches, he has travelled extensively in Europe and the Middle East.

Milton's third book tells the story of how this unimpressive-looking spice was once fought over with the same ardent brutishness we now reserve for crude oil. Doctors in the 17th century considered it the only true specific against the plague. It was also thought to be an aphrodisiac, and excessive consumption was the undoing of the Earl of Dorset. This book traces the struggle, principally between Holland and England, to secure the source of this precious commodity, a remote group of mountainous islands in the East Indies. It is not a very elevating story; the Dutch are portrayed as the villains of the piece while the English are their plucky and bewildered victims, a slant that gives an old-fashioned Boy's Own character to the book. This is popular history of the Longitude school by a writer with an infectious enthusiasm for his subject. Helpful maps and illustrations. Review by ANDREW MILLER ANDREW MILLER'S books include Casanova and Ingenious Pain, winner of the 1999 IMPAC award. (Kirkus UK)

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