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    DescriptionThe Last Crusade puts the reader on da Gama's ships in the midst of a perplexing, terrifying, yet exciting new world and in doing so traces the ancestry of antagonism between the world's two dominant faiths, Christianity and Islam. In 1498 a young captain sailed from Portugal, circumnavigated Africa, crossed the Indian Ocean, and discovered the sea route to the Indies, opening up access to the fabled wealth of the East. It was the longest voyage known to history; the ships were pushed to their limits, their crews were racked by storms and devastated by disease. However, the greatest enemy was neither nature nor the fear of venturing into unknown worlds. With blood-red Crusader crosses emblazoned on their sails, the explorers arrived in the heart of the Muslim East at a time when the old hostilities between Christianity and Islam had intensified. In two voyages that spanned six years, Vasco da Gama would fight a running sea battle that would ultimately change the fate of three continents. The Last Crusade is an epic tale of spies, intrigue, and treachery; of bravado, brinkmanship, and confused - often comical collisions - between cultures encountering one another for the first time. With the world once again tipping back East, The Last Crusade offers a key to understanding age-old religious and cultural rivalries resurgent today.

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    The Last Crusade
    The Epic Voyages of Vasco Da Gama
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Nigel Cliff
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 560
    Width: 130 mm
    Height: 196 mm
    Thickness: 48 mm
    Weight: 522 g
    ISBN 13: 9781848870192
    ISBN 10: 1848870191

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25500
    BIC subject category V2: HBTM
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BIC subject category V2: HBJD, HBLC
    BIC time period qualifier V2: 3H
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.3
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1DSP
    BISAC V2.8: HIS037000, HIS001000, HIS017000, REL015000, HIS045000, HIS037010, HIS051000
    BIC subject category V2: 3H, 1DSP
    BISAC V2.8: REL037010
    DC23: 946.902
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    col. ill
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    Publication date
    01 February 2013
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    Author Information
    Nigel Cliff is a historian, biographer and critic. He was educated at Oxford University, where he was awarded a double First in English and the Beddington Prize for English Literature. He has written widely for publications including The Times, The Economist and the New York Times. He is the author of The Shakespeare Riots (Random House, 2007). He lives in London with his wife, the ballerina Viviana Durante, and their son Orlando.
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    'A stirringly epic book...Gama's incident-rich voyage [is a] thrilling narrative' - Sunday Times 'This excellent book tells the story [of Vasco da Gama] with the swagger and excitement it deserves' - Spectator 'Lively and ambitious... Cliff has a novelist's gift for depicting character... He brings sixteenth-century Portugal in all its splendor and squalor pungently to life' - New York Times, 'Notable Books of the Year' 2011