Venetian Navigators

Book cover: Venetian Navigators The Independent has a review of a book that might be of interest: Venetian Navigators by Andrea di Robilant, “an account of 14th-century map-mania and the Italian navigators who charted apparently new-found lands in the North Atlantic.” Emphasis on apparently. “Were their voyages a hoax? Di Robilant thinks not. Doggedly, he sets out to rescue the Zens from their ill repute as fablemongers and carto-illiterate fantasists. What the brothers ‘discovered’ in the North Sea, the author believes, were today’s Orkney Islands, the Faroes, Shetland, Iceland and (possibly) Greenland.”

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