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February 2012

"This readable popular history helped me not only to fill the gaps in my understanding of the European past, but also plugged in key connections to another personal terra incognita -- the Middle East...Highly recommended."

Historical Novel Society, Feb 8, 2012
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1494

January 2012

"Historian Stephen R. Bown has unpacked this rich and colourful history in a splendid work, 1494: How a Family Feud in Medieval Spain Divided the World in Half, an entertaining and elegantly written voyage into the treacherous seas of religious fanatics, greedy slavers, depraved autocrats, doomed indigenous peoples and desperately brave adventurers in search of fortune."

Globe and Mail, Jan 26, 2012
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1494

December 2011

"Bown incorporates a sprawling cast of characters, including Ferdinand and Isabella, Columbus, Magellan, Sir Francis Drake, and members of the ostentatious Borgia clan, into what is both a judicious synthesis of the surrounding scholarship and an entertaining look at the evolution of international law on the high seas. In lieu of earth-shattering revelations, Bown provides general readers and fans of the period with a work meant for pure enjoyment."

Booklist, Dec 15, 2011
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1494

December 2011

"A well-delineated, exciting history of a particularly contentious period of international trade."

Kirkus, Dec 6, 2011
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1494

November 2011

"Historian Bown offers an entertaining...chronicle of intrigue, deception, and power struggles in the early modern world...Bown’s captivating study presents a fresh glimpse into the origins of the age of exploration and conquest as other nations challenged the primacy of Spain and Portugal."

Publishers Weekly, Nov 14, 2011
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