Item description for Arctic Routes to Fabled Lands: Olivier Brunel and the Passage to China and Cathay in the Sixteenth Century by Marijke Spies...
Four hundred years ago on 18th May 1596, Willem Barentsz set sail with two ships for the north via the Pole. Apart from Barentsz's expedition, numerous other attempts were made by Dutch and Flemish mariners to find a northern trade route to wealthy China and mysterious Cathay. It was common knowledge that it was cold up there. North of Iceland, it was said, hung a thick fog in which people slowly choked. Even further north, was the Swallowing Sea. Ships which got caught in it were rapidly drawn into the depths of the earth, or remained suspended by the magnetic mountain, a shining black stone with a circumference of 33 miles. There was every reason to believe that this was the devil's domain: the witchcraft of the Lapps, the groaning of souls in purgatory and the horrible people inhabiting Northern Russia. To some, however, it was also an earthly paradise. In "Arctic Routes to Fabled Lands" Marijke Spies relates the story of Olivier Brunel, the Dutch explorer, who in the 16th century, even before Barentsz and Heemskerk, sought a northern trade route. The numerous maps and illustrations in the book show the geographic knowledge that was available to Olivier Brunel when in 1584 he set course from the port of Enkhuizen for the mouth of the Ob in the north of Russia.
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Studio: Amsterdam University Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.67" Width: 6.91" Height: 0.42" Weight: 0.97 lbs.
Release Date Jan 23, 2002
Publisher Amsterdam University Press
ISBN 905356263X ISBN13 9789053562635
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More About Marijke Spies
Marijke Spies is Professor Emeritus of Literature, Free University, Amsterdam and History of Rhetoric, University of Amsterdam. Willem Frijhoff is Professor of History, Free University, Amsterdam.