The riddle and the knight : in search of Sir John Mandeville, the world’s greatest traveler New York : Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 2001 Giles Milton Christian pilgrims and pilgrimages , Biography, Mandeville, John, Sir. Itinerarium Hardcover. 1st American ed. Originally published: [London, England] : Allison & Busby, 1996. 230 p. : ill. ; 22 cm. Includes bibliographical references (p. -226) and index. Clean, tight and strong binding with clean dust jacket. No highlighting, underlining or marginalia in text. VG/VG
Part travelogue/part historical mystery about the most famous traveler–and chronicler– in medieval Europe.
Giles Milton’s first book, The Riddle and the Knight, is a fascinating account of the legend of Sir John Mandeville, a long-forgotten knight who was once the most famous writer in medieval Europe. Mandeville wrote a book about his voyage around the world that became a beacon that lit the way for the great expeditions of the Renaissance, and his exploits and adventures provided inspiration for writers such as Shakespeare, Milton, and Keats. By the nineteenth century however, his claims were largely discredited by academics. Giles Milton set off in the footsteps of Mandeville, in order to test his amazing claims, and to restore Mandeville to his rightful place in the literature of exploration.
Samurai William : the Englishman who opened Japan New York : Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 2003, c 2002 Giles Milton Japan , Officials and employees, Alien , Biography.Adams, William, 1564-1620 Hardcover. 1st American ed. and printing. Originally published: Samurai William: the adventurer who unlocked Japan. Hodder & Stoughton, 2002. 352 p. : ill., map ; 22 cm. Includes Index. An eye-opening account of the first encounter between England a nd Japan. Clean, tight and strong binding with clean dust jacket. No highlighting, underlining or marginalia in text. VG/VG
An eye-opening account of the first encounter between England and Japan, by the acclaimed author of Nathaniel’s Nutmeg
In 1611, the merchants of London’s East India Company received a mysterious letter from Japan, written several years previously by a marooned English mariner named William Adams. Foreigners had been denied access to Japan for centuries, yet Adams had been living in this unknown land for years. He had risen to the highest levels in the ruling shogun’s court, taken a Japanese name, and was now offering his services as adviser and interpreter.
Seven adventurers were sent to Japan with orders to find and befriend Adams, in the belief that he held the key to exploiting the opulent riches of this forbidden land. Their arrival was to prove a momentous event in the history of Japan and the shogun suddenly found himself facing a stark choice: to expel the foreigners and continue with his policy of isolation, or to open his country to the world. For more than a decade the English, helped by Adams, were to attempt trade with the shogun, but confounded by a culture so different from their own, and hounded by scheming Jesuit monks and fearsome Dutch assassins, they found themselves in a desperate battle for their lives.
Samurai William is the fascinating story of a clash of two cultures, and of the enormous impact one Westerner had on the opening of the East.
Nathaniel’s Nutmeg, or, The true and incredible adventures of the spice trader who changed the course of history New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1999 Giles Milton Nutmeg industry , Indonesia , Maluku , History , 17th century, Coen, Jan Pieterszoon, 1587-1629, Courthope, Nathaniel Hardcover. First American edition. xi, 388 p. : ill., maps ; 22 cm. Includes bibliographical references (p. 375-378) and index. Clean, tight and strong binding with clean dust jacket. No highlighting, underlining or marginalia in text. VG/VG
A true tale of high adventure in the South Seas.
The tiny island of Run is an insignificant speck in the Indonesian archipelago. Just two miles long and half a mile wide, it is remote, tranquil, and, these days, largely ignored.
Yet 370 years ago, Run’s harvest of nutmeg (a pound of which yielded a 3,200 percent profit by the time it arrived in England) turned it into the most lucrative of the Spice Islands, precipitating a battle between the all-powerful Dutch East India Company and the British Crown. The outcome of the fighting was one of the most spectacular deals in history: Britain ceded Run to Holland but in return was given Manhattan. This led not only to the birth of New York but also to the beginning of the British Empire.
Such a deal was due to the persistence of one man. Nathaniel Courthope and his small band of adventurers were sent to Run in October 1616, and for four years held off the massive Dutch navy. Nathaniel’s Nutmeg centers on the remarkable showdown between Courthope and the Dutch Governor General Jan Coen, and the brutal fate of the mariners racing to Run-and the other corners of the globe-to reap the huge profits of the spice trade. Written with the flair of a historical sea novel but based on rigorous research, Nathaniel’s Nutmeg is a brilliant adventure story
White gold : the extraordinary story of Thomas Pellow and Islam’s one million white slaves New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, c 2004 Giles Milton Slavery , Morocco , History, Pellow, Thomas, b. 1704 Hardcover. 1st American ed., 2005. and printing. xii, 316 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm. Includes bibliographical references (p. -304) and index. Clean, tight and strong binding with clean dust jacket. No highlighting, underlining or marginalia in text. VG/VG
In the summer of 1716, a Cornish cabin boy named Thomas Pellow and fifty-one of his comrades were captured at sea by the Barbary corsairs. Their captors–Ali Hakem and his network of Islamic slave traders–had declared war on the whole of Christendom. France, Spain, England and Italy had suffered a series of devastating attacks. Thousands of Europeans had been snatched from their homes and taken in chains to the great slave markets of Algiers, Tunis and Sale in Morocco.
Pellow and his shipmates were bought by the tyrannical sultan of Morocco, Moulay Ismail, who was constructing an imperial palace of such scale and grandeur that it would surpass every other building in the world, a palace built entirely by Christian slave labor.
Resourceful, resilient, and quick-thinking, Pellow was selected by Moulay Ismail for special treatment, and was one of the fortunate few who survived to tell his tale.
An extraordinary and shocking story, drawn from unpublished letters and manuscripts written by slaves and by the padres and ambassadors sent to free them, White Gold reveals a disturbing and long forgotten chapter of history.