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Irresistible North: From Venice to Greenland on the Trail of the Zen Brothers
 
 
Author
Andrea di Robilant.
Publisher Knopf  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 9.5 x 5.9 x 0.9 inches
ISBN 9780307269850
Pages/Publication Date 230/2011
Daedalus Item Code 32595
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In the 14th century, Nicoḷ and Antonio Zen journeyed from Venice to the North Atlantic, encountering warrior princes, fighting savage natives and, just possibly, reaching the New World a century before Columbus. As the author of A Venetian Affair explains here, the story of the Zen brothers was known throughout Europe, from the workshop of cartographer Gerardus Mercator to the court of Elizabeth I. Then in 1835 the story was denounced as a "tissue of lies" by Danish admiral Christian Zahrtmann, and the Zens faded into oblivion. But was it a hoax? Andrea di Robilant travels from the crumbling Palazzo Zen in Venice to the Orkney Islands, Shetland, the Faroes, Iceland, and an isolated monastery in Greenland to discover the truth about the Zen voyages.
 
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