Amerigo: The Man Who Gave His Name to America

In Amerigo, the award-winning student Felipe Fernández-Armesto solutions the query “What’s in a name?” by means of offering a rousing flesh-and-blood narrative of the existence and occasions of Amerigo Vespucci. right here we meet Amerigo as he fairly used to be: a rogue and raconteur who counted Christopher Columbus between his buddies and competitors; an beginner sorcerer who attained repute and honor via a chain of disastrous disasters and both grand self-reinventions. jam-packed with well-informed insights and extraordinary anecdotes, this magisterial and compulsively readable account sweeps readers from Medicean Florence to the Sevillian court docket of Ferdinand and Isabella, then around the Atlantic of Columbus to the courageous New international the place fortune favourite the bold.

Amerigo Vespucci emerges from those pages as an impossible to resist avatar for the age of exploration–and as a guy of real fulfillment as a voyager and chronicler of discovery. And now, in Amerigo, this mercurial and elusive determine eventually has a biography to do complete justice to either the fellow and his amazing era.

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“An remarkable historian . . . [Fernández-Armesto] introduces Amerigo Vespucci as an grand Renaissance personality self reliant of his name’s fame–and does Fernández-Armesto ever deliver.”
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