By Nigel Cliff
A sweeping ancient epic and an intensive new interpretation of Vasco da Gama’s groundbreaking voyages, obvious as a turning element within the fight among Christianity and Islam
In 1498 a tender captain sailed from Portugal, circumnavigated Africa, crossed the Indian Ocean, and came upon the ocean path to the Indies and, with it, entry to the fabled wealth of the East. It was once the longest voyage recognized to historical past. The little ships have been driven past their limits, and their crews have been racked via storms and devastated through ailment. although, their maximum enemy was once neither nature nor even the sheer dread of venturing into unknown worlds that existed on maps populated by way of coiled, toothy sea monsters. With bloodred Crusader crosses emblazoned on their sails, the explorers arrived within the middle of the Muslim East at a time whilst the previous hostilities among Christianity and Islam had risen to a brand new point of depth. In voyages that spanned six years, Vasco da Gama could struggle a working sea conflict that may eventually switch the destiny of 3 continents.
An epic story of spies, intrigue, and treachery; of bravado, brinkmanship, and burdened and infrequently comical collisions among cultures encountering each other for the 1st time; Holy War additionally bargains a shocking new interpretation of the large sweep of historical past. deciding upon Vasco da Gama’s arrival within the East as a turning aspect within the centuries-old fight among Islam and Christianity—one that keeps to form our world—Holy War unearths the unforeseen fact that either Vasco da Gama and his archrival, Christopher Columbus, set sail with the transparent function of launching a campaign whose goal used to be to arrive the Indies; grab keep an eye on of its markets in spices, silks, and necessary gem stones from Muslim investors; and declare for Portugal or Spain, respectively, the entire territories they found. Vasco da Gama triumphed in his challenge and drew a dividing line among the Muslim and Christian eras of history—what we within the West name the medieval and the fashionable a while. Now that the area is once more tipping again East, Holy War deals a key to knowing age-old non secular and cultural rivalries resurgent this day.
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