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The Last Crusade by Nigel Cliff
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bookshelves: 21st-century, civilization, european, history, nonfiction, portugal, read-2018, religion, travel

A very good account of the travels of Vasco da Gama, beginning long before his age, in the era of Mohammad and the general reshaping of the civilization around the Mediterranean and beyond. (Those early chapters were also more gripping than the latter; probably because in many places the author had to base his story on few accounts, so there was less wiggling room.) However, it offers a very good picture of the curious Portugal of that age, of the crusades, popes, Spain, Ferdinand and Isabella, Columbus and everything else, and especially about the brutal behavior of Vasco and everyone else on the Indian shores.
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Reading Progress

March 1, 2018 – Started Reading
March 14, 2018 – Finished Reading
March 22, 2018 – Shelved
March 22, 2018 – Shelved as: 21st-century
March 22, 2018 – Shelved as: civilization
March 22, 2018 – Shelved as: european
March 22, 2018 – Shelved as: history
March 22, 2018 – Shelved as: nonfiction
March 22, 2018 – Shelved as: portugal
March 22, 2018 – Shelved as: read-2018
March 22, 2018 – Shelved as: religion
March 22, 2018 – Shelved as: travel

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