Fish on Friday: Feasting, Fasting, and the Discovery of the New World: Easyread Large Bold Edition

Front Cover
ReadHowYouWant.com, Aug 31, 2009 - Cooking - 544 pages
0 Reviews
What gave Columbus the confidence in 1492 to set out across the Atlantic Ocean? It would be convenient to believe that Columbus and his men were uniquely courageous. A more reasonable explanation, however, is that Columbus was heir to a body of knowledge about seas and ships acquired at great cost over many centuries. Fish on Friday tells a new story of the discovery of America. In Brian Fagan's view, that discovery is the product of the long sweep of history: the spread of Christianity and the radical cultural changes it brought to Europe, the interaction of economic necessity with a changing climate, and generations of unknown fishermen who explored the North Atlantic in the centuries before Columbus. Encompassing ancient mythology, medieval religion, boatbuilding, commerce, and cutting-edge climate science, this dazzling and wide-ranging book shows the intricate tapestry of history in all its fascinating, astonishing complexity.
 

What people are saying - Write a review

We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.

Contents

THE FISH INDUSTRY IS BORN
34
DISCOVERY 253 12 THE RISE AND FALL OF THE ICELANDIC FISHERY
277
HARVEST AND SETTLEMENT
343
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
427
RECIPE REFERENCES
487
Copyright

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

Bibliographic information