In Menzies released a second book entitled The Year a. The New York Times bestselling author of offers another stunning reappraisal of history, presenting compelling new evidence that traces the roots of the. The brilliance of the Renaissance laid the foundation of the modern world. Textbooks tell us that it came about as a result of a rediscovery of the ideas and.
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| The Lost Empire of Atlantis | | | Chinese Exploration | Gavin Menzies
The New York Times. Perhaps more than anything else, the failure of the Chinese fleet to reach Europe, where it would have been documented by the literate late medieval societies flourishing throughout menzkes continent, should raise eyebrows. Aug 25, David R.
Rowan Gavin Paton Menzies born 14 August  is a British author and retired submarine lieutenant-commander who has written books promoting gavkn that the Chinese sailed to America before Columbus. Menzies claims that the knowledge of the winds, currents, and sea conditions that he gained on this voyage was essential to reconstructing the Chinese voyage that he discusses in his first book.
The title of the book is misleading. How does one get a vast armada of junks to Venice? Mainstream Sinologists and professional historians have universally rejected and the alternative history of Chinese exploration described in it as pseudohistory.
Just not my style of history book. Not as menzes of a read asbut plenty of sources from which to depart and study further. But the style of writing lacks the “you are there seeing it all happen” affect of the McCullough books. Some of them have an odor of truth to them. Menzies unsubstantiated book belongs on a shelf next to legends about Atlantis, Crystal Skulls, and pyramid building aliens and shouldn’t be taken as historical fact.
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The delegation presented the pope with a wealth of knowledge, from a diverse range of fields: It is amusing that some of the very things von Daniken insisted were gifts of extraterrestrials Menzies claim came from early 15th Century Chinese. In the Doge’s Palace in Venice, there is a world map that dates from the early ‘s; it portrays the Americas and the southern tip of Africa.
The delegation presented the influential pope with a wealth of Chinese learning from a diverse range of fields: He claims that a letter written in by Paolo dal Pozzo Toscanelli and found amongst the private papers of Columbus indicates that an earlier Chinese ambassador had direct correspondence with Pope Eugene IV in Rome. The draft of an ocean-going junk is close to that unladed. The rest was monotinous and slow and boring as all hell.
The writing is awful and delves too much into the authors research trips, vacation notes, and what he and Marcela, his wife, thought of this or that locale.
According to well-known history, the Chinese were so set on turning inwards at this point, they actually destroyed most of their own records regarding their globetrotting sea voyages from this period, just so no one else would be tempted to make such trips again; according to Menzies, he has slowly been putting the pieces back together through shreds of evidence in other countries, stone markers and rescued scrolls and the like, revealing that the Ming Dynasty’s own period of global seafaring was actually much larger than any of us have ever realized, a systematic series of successes that would’ve virtually guaranteed China’s eventual world domination, if they had simply stuck with it instead of embarking on a four-hundred-year period of profound isolationism like they actually did.
But the original Chinese influence is unmistakable. I stuck with it for a long time, but I’ll confess that I’m putting it away now wit Menzies’ scholarship is impressive! He imagines that the Chinese taught the Europeans that the world was round, in spite of copious evidence that this was already well understood. Notify me of new posts via email. The evidence is not examined at great lengths, and a lot of his research depends on the British Library System; the author does not examine Chinese sources except through third-hand accounts that come in through his website.
Well, the basic thesis of is not true.
1434: The Year a Magnificent Chinese Fleet Sailed to Italy and Ignited the Renaissance
Open Preview See a Problem? Then one has to believe that only some lucky few navigators had access to the secret Chinese maps revealing the entire globe, and even having that proof, never presented it to their doubting sponsors as evidence that their schemes were possible.
These are astonishing claims and must surely be backed up by good, contemporary evidence. Dec 22, Alger rated it did not like it.
Of course the fact that neither the Tiber nor the Arno are currently navigable can be explained by the Chinese putting it all back to how it was when they arrived as they left this would be small potatoes when compared with the other impossibilities proposed in this book.
Oct 06, David rated it it was amazing Shelves: The original was “published” his mistake, it is a painted map in and clearly shows the coastline of California and Mexico with a degree of detail not previously known to Europeans until the s and includes mentions of several high-profile Venician traders as sources including the Polos! It seems to have been universally panned. Since I read footnotes, it meant less flipping for me, but it also took away some readability.