Exploration in the World of the Middle Ages, 500-1500

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Chelsea House Publishers, Dec 1, 2009 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 133 pages
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The Middle Ages, though marked by plague in Europe, was a time of increased investigation of the world. People from civilizations around the globe—from the Chinese in Asia to a curious Venetian named Marco Polo—sought to understand the world at large and discover its secrets. Exploration in the World of the Middle Ages, 500–1500, Revised Edition is an account of travels, expeditions, discoveries, and cross-cultural contacts in the span of 1,000 years throughout the world. This era encompassed periods of sophisticated civilization, learning, and outstanding achievement in many cultures around the world.

Coverage includes:

  • The role played by three major religions—Buddhism, Christianity, and Islam—and these religions' pilgrims and missionaries who traveled throughout Asia, Europe, and the Middle East
  • The Vikings' advanced shipbuilding technology and how they sent exploratory, mercantile, and colonizing expeditions across the North Atlantic
  • Marco Polo's extensive travels and the wealth of geographical knowledge he gathered around China, South Asia, Southeast Asia, Indonesia, Japan, and the lands of the Indian Ocean
  • Portuguese expeditions to Africa and Asia supported by Prince Henry the Navigator
  • Zheng He's monumental seventh voyage between 1431 and 1433 that included 100 ships and approximately 27,500 officers and crew.

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About the author (2009)

John S. Bowman has been a freelance writer and editor for more than 35 years. He specializes in nonfiction ranging from archaeology to zoology, baseball to biography. He first visited Greece in 1956 and has traveled and lived there over the years. He is the author of numerous guides to various regions in Greece. He currently resides in Northampton, Massachusetts.

Sherry Marker majored in classical Greek at Harvard, studied archaeology at the American School of Classical Studies in Athens, and did graduate work in ancient history at the University of California at Berkeley. The author of a number of guides to Greece, she has also written for the "New York Times, Travel + Leisure," and "Hampshire Life." When not in Greece, she lives in Massachusetts.

Peter Kerasiotis, a native Athenian, currently lives in New York City where he works as a web developer and editor. A newcomer to Frommer's, he hopes to continue a career of travel- and screenwriting.

Rebecca Tobin has been covering the travel business for the past seven years as a reporter and editor for industry newspaper "Travel Weekly," including four years as the paper's cruise editor. She estimates that she's sampled fun, food, and deck chairs on more than 40 cruise ships (and counting). Rebecca is currently "Travel Weekly's" managing editor. She lives in New York.

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