In Menzies released a second book entitled The Year a. The New York Times bestselling author of offers another stunning reappraisal of history, presenting compelling new evidence that traces the roots of the. The brilliance of the Renaissance laid the foundation of the modern world. Textbooks tell us that it came about as a result of a rediscovery of the ideas and.

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I cannot overstate the importance of these encyclopedias to the opening chapters of When does Menzies think that the Renaissance started, for goodness sake? This book is highly recommended to all those who would like to read something spectacularly original. I buy his suppostion,as he supports it with thousands of documents and comparisons of Chinese drawings, maps, and books many created hundreds of mejzies before to the “discov After the pleasurable recountings of history by David McCullough, it was a rude awakening to immerse myself in this book.

Islam, for example, has invested heavily in “Creation science” that uses bogus biology to argue mensies evolution.

Retrieved 2 October I have the distinct impression that Menzies came up with an idea and then went in search of evidence to back it up. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. As an example of how this slight of hand works, here is how Menzies discusses the map painted on the wall of the Doge’s Palace in Venice: The growing spread of counterknowledge is testimony to the greed and cowardice of institutions — universities, major publishing houses, publicly funded broadcasters — which used to insist that a fact was demonstrably true or plausible before they disseminated it.

I will say, however, that should you be able to swallow the book up to the closing chapters you are in for a real comet ic treat, a lie so big view spoiler [ a comet impact noticed only by the Australian Aborigines that created a gigantic cyclonic storm and a tsunami meters high that carried a junk bound for New Zealand? Menzies does not appeal to the interested reader. 143 would be an excellent answer too, because menziees would explain how the Magnificent Fleet managed to sail to Rome up the Tiber and to Florence up the Arno.

Another compelling book from Menzies.

Like Telegraph Books on Facebook. A good sequel to the author’s ”, this book debunks many of the myths taught as ‘history’ in western euro-centric school systems.


If the outrageous claims and historical speculations in didn’t completely turn you off, offers more of the same. It is amusing that some of the very things von Daniken insisted were gifts of extraterrestrials Menzies claim came from early 15th Century Chinese.

Retrieved 10 October The Asian Review of Books. Oct 19, Mom rated it really liked it. Ultimately, the connections and his logic are gavij to ignore. Instead, besides the listing of fact after fact, the author interjects with personal comments like “Marcella and I have visited Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here It seems like a lot of hot air from both sides without a real factual debate.

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We Westerners are of course familiar with the historical period known as the Renaissance ; taking place between the s and s, it’s the period when Europeans finally crawled out of their Dark-Age hole, rediscovered such ancient Greek concepts as science and philosophy, and started doing such things for the first time as sailing to the far corners of the planet. The book When the data from this book is looked at from the historical perspective supporting what is found in the world then the world evidence just happens to support what is in this book.

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He who controls the past, controls the future. Oct 17, Lesandre rated it it was ok. See the book’s website for more detail and shameless promotion. Return to Book Page. He did get as far as the Red Sea, which is surely impressive enough.

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Yes, Menzies actually claims this but provides no evidence or an explanation how the Chinese got to North America and traveled miles inland Admiral Zheng He did exist and made several voyages across the Indian Ocean but his fleet never made it farther than Africa. Jun 25, Jason Pettus rated it really liked it Shelves: In his follow up book “” He claims that the European Renaissance was sparked by the Chinese.

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It read more like a series of articles that should be in a magazine rather than a book. I smelt a rat when reading the chapter on celestial navigation, which is surprisingly poor for an author who claims to be ex-Navy, and started wondering when we would get some actual evidence for his claims. This vast treasure trove of knowledge spread across Europe, igniting the legendary inventiveness of the Renaissance, including the work of such geniuses as da Vinci, Copernicus, Galileo, and more. I certainly think Menzies has a better grasp of the way things happened than most historians and scholars.


In this provocative, highly readable history, Gavin Menzies makes the startling argument that China provided the spark that set the Renaissance ablaze.

1434: The Year a Magnificent Chinese Fleet Sailed to Italy and Ignited the Renaissance

Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography [cclapcenter. There is the expert-bashing aspect, for a start. Although the book contains numerous footnotes, references and acknowledgments, critics point out that it lacks supporting references for Chinese voyages beyond East Africa, the location acknowledged by professional historians as the limit of the fleet’s travels.

Suffice to say, These are also problems. I still found it a worthwhile read, and Menzies makes a good menzoes believable case for his proposition that Chinese innovation, intentionally brought to Europe, sparked the Renaissance. It took Cook some gaivn, with the aid of modern instruments, to survey the St Lawrence, and he mapped Newfoundland betweenin the warmer months, using local pilots. January 26, – Page 2″.

Bonomi contacted the firm Midas Public Relations to convince a major newspaper to run a promotional article for Menzies’s book. In a world in which we are free to choose “facts” to suit our tastes or our commercial and political interests, history, like science, has become infinitely malleable.

The result will be more important than the Space Race was to our parents’ generation. I won’t print any spoilers here, but his timeline of the Renaissance is so eye-opening and the content is so utterly stunning that – if it becomes general public knowledge – we will see nothing less than a total re-evaluation of the relationship between the Eastern cultures and Western culture. He brings the reader aboard the remarkable Chinese fleet as it sails from China to Cairo and Florence, gavvin then back across the 143.

If anyone were to take Favin seriously they would believe that Zheng He and his thousand junks set off loaded to the decks with encyclopedias that they both read for their own edification as well as using them as a trade good.