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Venetian Navigators: The Voyages of the Zen Brothers to the Far North
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Andrea di Robilant
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Venetian Navigators: The Voyages of the Zen Brothers to the Far North

Andrea di Robilant


9780571243778

Faber & Faber


History;
Popular beliefs & controversial knowledge;
Geographical discovery & exploration;
Classic travel writing


Hardback

256 pages

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In the 14th century, Nicolo and Antonio Zen journeyed from Venice up the North Atlantic, encountering warrior princes, fighting savage natives and, just possibly, reaching the New World a full century before Columbus. The story of their adventure travelled throughout Europe, from the workshop of the great cartographer Mercator to the court of Elizabeth I. For centuries, the brothers were international celebrities, until, in 1835, the story was denounced as a 'tissue of lies' and the Zens faded into oblivion.

But was it a hoax? What if these Venetian navigators really did make their incredible journey? Intrigued by the myth, Andrea di Robilant sets out to discover the truth about the Zen voyages. Following in their footsteps, his quest to solve one of Venice's most intriguing mysteries takes him on a fascinating journey of his own, from the crumbling Palazzo Zen in Venice to the Orkney Islands, Shetland, the Faroes, Iceland and even as far as an isolated monastery in Greenland.

Part history, part travelogue, Venetian Navigators is a charming tale of great journeys, fine detective work and faith, against the odds.

By:   Andrea di Robilant
Imprint:   Faber & Faber
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 222mm,  Width: 143mm,  Spine: 24mm
Weight:   386g
ISBN:   9780571243778
ISBN 10:   0571243770
Pages:   256
Publication Date:   July 2011
Recommended Age:   From 0 to 0 years
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Andrea di Robilant was born in Rome in 1957. He was educated at Columbia University, where he studied history and international politics. He has worked as a journalist all his life, in Europe, the United States and Latin America. His previous books, A Venetian Affair and Lucia in the Age of Napoleon, were published to great acclaim. He lives in Rome with his wife and two sons.

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