Post-classical history

The Last Crusade: The Epic Voyages of Vasco da Gama

The Last Crusade: The Epic Voyages of Vasco da Gama

Historian Nigel Cliff delivers a sweeping, radical reinterpretation of Vasco da Gama’spioneering voyages, revealing their significance as a decisive turning point inthe struggle between Christianity and Islam—a series of events which foreveraltered the relationship between East and West. Perfect for readers of Endurance:Shackleton’s Incredible Voyage, Galileo’sDaughter, and Atlantic, this first-ever completeaccount of da Gama’s voyages includes new information from the recentlydiscovered diaries of his sailors and an extraordinary series of lettersbetween da Gama and the Zamorin, a king of modern-dayKerala, India. Cliff, the author of The Shakespeare Riots, draws uponhis own travels in da Gama’s footsteps to add detail, authenticity, and acontemporary perspective to this riveting, one-of-a-kind historical epic.

PROLOGUE

PART I: ORIGINS

Chapter 1. East and West

Chapter 2. The Holy Land

Chapter 3. A Family War

Chapter 4. The Ocean Sea

Chapter 5. The End of the World

Chapter 6. The Rivals

PART II: EXPLORATION

Chapter 7. The Commander

Chapter 8. Learning the Ropes

Chapter 9. The Swahili Coast

Chapter 10. Riding the Monsoon

Chapter 11. Kidnap

Chapter 12. Dangers and Delights

Chapter 13. A Venetian in Lisbon

PART III: CRUSADE

Chapter 14. The Admiral of India

Chapter 15. Shock and Awe

Chapter 16. Standoff at Sea

Chapter 17. Empire of the Waves

Chapter 18. The King’s Deputy

Chapter 19. The Crazy Sea

Epilogue

Notes

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