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Prince Henry the Navigator

Prince Henry the Navigator by Beazley

Prince Henry the Navigator by Beazley is an insightful and well-researched biography of the influential Portuguese prince who played a key role in expanding the boundaries of geographical knowledge during the Age of Discovery. The author does a commendable job of capturing Prince Henry's vision, determination, and leadership as he spearheaded Portugal's exploration of new lands and sea routes.

Beazley provides a detailed account of Prince Henry's life, from his early upbringing to his pivotal role in establishing a navigation school in Sagres and organizing expeditions along the African coast. Through a combination of historical records and analysis, the author paints a vivid picture of the prince's contributions to the exploration of the Atlantic Ocean and the opening of trade routes with Africa and Asia.

One of the book's greatest strengths is its thorough examination of the political, economic, and social context in which Prince Henry operated. Beazley delves into the complexities of Portuguese society at the time, shedding light on the conflicting interests and motivations that drove the country's exploration efforts.

Overall, Prince Henry the Navigator is a compelling and informative read that sheds light on an often-overlooked figure in the history of maritime exploration. Beazley's detailed research and engaging writing style make this biography a valuable resource for anyone interested in the Age of Discovery and the impact of Prince Henry's legacy on the world.

Book Description:
By Evelyn Abbot, M.A.
The Greek And Arabic Ideas Of The World, As The Chief Inheritance Of The Christian Middle Ages In Geographical Knowledge. Arabic science constitutes one of the main links between the older learned world of the Greeks and Latins and the Europe of Henry the Navigator and of the Renaissance. In geography it adopted in the main the results of Ptolemy and Strabo; and many of the Moslem travellers and writers gained some additional hints from Indian, Persian, and Chinese knowledge; but, however much of fact they added to Greek cartography, they did not venture to correct its postulates. And what were these postulates? In part, they were the assumptions of modern draughtsmen, but in some important details they differed. And first, as to agreement.

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