Eclipsed for us by Columbus's westward voyages on the one hand and post-colonial proprietary feelings towards Africa and India on the other, the explorations of 15th-century Portuguese navigators have not had the recognition they've deserved in Britain ... A gripping adventure narrative, this book makes a persuasive case for the reassessment of a crucial episode in history (Scotsman
stirring stuff ... a fine read (The Naval Review
This book gives a well-organised account of Portuguese preparations for the expedition, and da Gama's exploits during his 2-year voyage 1497-99 ... The text flows well, and the accounts of his dealings with various groups who were none too co-operative are stirring stuff. It is a fine read (Naval Review
In the fifteenth century, the world beyond Europe began to emerge from myth, legend and rumour. For those who sailed beyond the known world. Theirs is a story of passion, of blood and treachery, of incomparable bravery, of majestic sweeps of vision.