Irresistible North: From Venice to Greenland on the Trail of the Zen Brothers

By Andrea Di Robilant

A century prior to Columbus arrived in the US, brothers from Venice are acknowledged to have explored components of the recent global. They grew to become legends in the course of the Renaissance, after which the resource of a very good scandal that might discredit their tale. at the present time, they've been principally forgotten.
In this very unique work—part background, half travelogue—Andrea di Robilant chronicles his discovery of a go back and forth narrative released in 1558 by way of the Venetian statesman Nicolò Zen. The textual content and its attention-grabbing nautical map re-created the travels of 2 of the author’s ancestors, brothers who claimed to have explored the North Atlantic within the 1380s and 1390s. Di Robilant units out to find why the Zens’ account later got here less than assault as one of many maximum frauds in geographical heritage. used to be their map—and even their journey—partially or even fullyyt faked?

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