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Over the Edge of the World: Magellan's Terrifying Circumnavigation of the Globe - Laurence Bergreen
Over the Edge of the World: Magellan's Terrifying Circumnavigation of the Globe
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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, acclaimed author Laurence Bergreen, interweaving a variety of candid, first-person accounts, some... show more
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, acclaimed author Laurence Bergreen, interweaving a variety of candid, first-person accounts, some previously unavailable in English, brings to life this groundbreaking and majestic tale of discovery that changed many long-held views about the world and the way explorers would henceforth navigate its oceans.In 1519 Magellan and his fleet set sail from Seville, Spain, to find a water route to the Spice Islands in Indonesia, where the most sought-after commodities -- cloves, pepper, and nutmeg -- flourished. Most important, they were looking for a passageway, a strait, through the great landmass of the Americas that would lead them to these fabled islands. Laurence Bergreen takes readers on board with Magellan and his crew as they explore, navigate, mutiny, suffer, and die across the seas. He also recounts the many unusual sexual practices the crew experienced, from orgies in Brazil to bizarre customs in the South Pacific. With a fleet of five ships and more than two hundred men, they had set out in search of the Spice Islands. Three years later they returned with an abundance of spices from their intended destination, but with just one ship carrying eighteen emaciated men. They suffered starvation, disease, and torture, and many died, including Magellan, who was violently killed in a fierce battle.A man of great tenacity, cunning, and courage, Magellan was full of contradictions. He was both heroic and foolish, insightful yet blind, a visionary whose instincts outran his ideals. Ambitious to a fault and not above using torture and murder to maintain control of his ships and sailors, he survived innumerable natural hazards in addition to several violent mutinies aboard his own fleet -- and it took no less than the massed forces of fifteen hundred men to kill him.This is the first time in nearly half a century that anyone has attempted to narrate the complete story of Magellan's unprecedented circumnavigation of the globe -- to tell this truly gripping and profoundly important story of heroism, discovery, and disaster. A voyage into history, a tour of the world emerging from the Middle Ages into the Renaissance, an anthropological account of tribes, languages, and customs unknown to Europeans, and a chronicle of a desperate grab for commercial and political power, Over the Edge of the World is a captivating tale that rivals the most exciting thriller fiction.
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9780066211732 (0066211735)
Publisher: William Morrow
Pages no: 458
Edition language: English
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Cassandra Reads
Cassandra Reads rated it
4.0 Over the Edge of the World: Magellan's Terrifying Circumnavigation of the Globe [Laurence Bergreen]
I really hadn't expected Magellan to die when he did. It's almost sad that that's all I can really say at the moment. He lost sight of what he was meant to be doing and focused on converting the natives to Christianity! He might have made it to the spice islands if he hadn't gotten so sidetracked. T...
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Book Thoughts rated it
4.0 Over the Edge of the World: Magellan's Terrifying Circumnavigation of the Globe (P.S.)
A solid read about a person of history I knew little about. Over the Edge of the World tells the story, in detail, of Magellan's voyage around the world. It also tells, in detail, the history of everything associated with Magellan and his trip. I enjoyed the read, although at times I wished the a...
Books Read, Not Necessarily Well
Books Read, Not Necessarily Well rated it
4.0 Over the Edge of the World: Magellan's Terrifying Circumnavigation of the Globe
Popular history at its best, Over the Edge of the World makes good use of the rich primary source material for Magellon's expedition and Bergreen doesn't stint on any adventurous detail.It's a tricky feat to put out a readable history book that stands up under academic scrutiny. There's a lot of tem...
Book Candy
Book Candy rated it
5.0 Over the Edge of the World: Magellan's Terrifying Circumnavigation of the Globe
Loved it. Read it. One of my favorites. Historical yet tells the tale without reading like a historical book. I enjoyed every minute of it.
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4.0
A good read, however it only gets a 4 star because it was worth a soup├žon more than a three and I am feeling philanthropic. It was a little disconcerting that the author could not get his incredulity around the fact that Magellan's demise is still re-enacted annually in the Phillipines - with pride ...
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