John Regan A Singular Captain

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A Singular Captain

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Follow the greatest sea voyage in history through the eyes of Antonio Pigafetta, its chronicler. The Line of Demarcation divides the world between Portugal and Spain but nobody knows on which side the fabulous Spice Isles lie. Only one man has the skill, the knowledge, the experience and determination to settle the question: Ferdinand Magellan who is hated both in Spain and Portugal. Antonio Pigafetta casts his lot with a captain set up to fail. He has no idea what he has let himself in for. Murder, mutiny, shipwreck and religious wars are just part of it.

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John Regan was so fascinated by the voyage of Ferdinand Magellan that he followed him around the world in his yacht nearly 500 years later. He visited every place of importance in Magellan's life and brings to the story not only a deep interest in the history but also his nautical background as a master mariner. The story of the first circumnavigation of the world and the politics of the 16th century has a strong resonance five centuries later.

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Review by: Malcolm Torres on Oct. 09, 2016 :  
An amazing and quite comprehensive sea story. I have been dipping into this tome on my iPad since I first downloaded it a couple years ago. It's very impressive that the author did all this work to research and write this book. The accounting of Magellan's expedition is meticulous and engaging. It always amazes me the grip that royalty and the church had on society through dogma and ruthless power. Equally amazing is what a huge impact nautical explorations had on shifting that power to businessmen and scientists (of which sailors have been both for centuries).
Review by: Rod Fisher on June 27, 2015 :  
This is a great read of Magellan's voyage as seen through the eyes of Pigafetta, his personal assistant. Too often men like Magellan who have made a profound impact on the history and discovery of the world are denigrated by revisionist historians who dwell on their mistakes and weaknesses. But when the world was a mystery it took rare exceptional personalities to lead others into the unknown. Magellan and Columbus had faultsbut they had a singular unwavering purpose and never faltered in accomplishing it. This account of Magellan's voyage doesn't judge him by our modern cultural standards but places him in the proper context of the 16th century. well done Mr. Regan.

Review by:Boris Seaweed on July 09 2016:
This historical novel is a literature monument toFerdinand Magellan and the men of his expedition who first circumnavigated theEarth about 500 years ago and proved in reality that our planet is a globe. Itis also a tribute to 'supernumerary' Antonio Pigafetta on whose diary the bookis based and who in fact was a secretary and scientist of the expedition. Theauthor has done a great job studying, interpreting and giving vitality toPigafetta's records, penetrating into the nuances of the political  situation at that time and allottingpsychological features to the people closely associated with the preparationand conduct of the expedition, as well as those, whom they met along the way ortried to destroy it. The fact that the author, professional sailorhimself,  has repeated the route of theexpedition makes this book unique.

Review by: Missttyy on Oct. 19, 2016 :  
This is epic in scale . . . truly monumental init's proportions. I was wondering about the amount of research the author must have done to have written this. It is truly a labor of love because it tells with excruciating details the voyage of Magellan. I dipped in and out of it during several plane trips, reading long stretches. I truly felt like I was there with the crew in so many scenes. A major accomplishment but it could have been edited a bit.

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Book Description CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. Paperback. Book Condition: New. This item is printed on demand. Paperback. 246 pages. Dimensions: 9.0in. x 6.0in. x 0.6in.Tyrant, hero, fanatic or perhaps all three, Ferdinand Magellan is a towering figure of history and its greatest sailor. Columbus died believing he had found Cathay and the East but he was wrong. Over a decade later, Ferdinand Magellan sets out to prove it is possible to reach the East by sailing west and by sheer force of will he overcomes the hatred of his former king, Dom Manuel, the mutiny of his captains, storms at sea, starvation and scurvy, only to be brought down by the fatal flaw in his own character. He does indeed prove the world is round but does not live to celebrate his triumph. It is left to his chronicler, Antonio Pigafetta, to do that. The Armada de Moluccas sails from Seville in autumn, 1519. Magellan, a Portuguese, is plagued by mutinous Spanish captains, one of them the bastard son and another a nephew of the corrupt Bishop Fonseca, who is the powerful head of the Casa de Contratacin or Board of Trade. Within the first month Magellan foils a mutinous plot, sacks one of his captains and personally executes an officer found guilty of sodomising a ships boy. Mutiny festers again a few months later in South America. Magellan executes one of his captains and imposes hard labour on other mutineers. The son of Bishop Fonseca and a priest are left marooned when the fleet sails from that place. Despite doubts and opposition by his captains, he discovers the strait that now bears his name, but the voyage across the Pacific Ocean is the most terrible in history, with many crew members dying of starvation and scurvy. Arriving in what is now the Philippines, Magellan is overtaken by religious fervour and sets out to baptise the entire population of the island of Cebu. Unwittingly, he is being manipulated by local chieftains and is killed in what is essentially a local war. Without his strong leadership, the armada descends into anarchy and becomes little more than a pirate fleet, preying on native vessels. Reduced by shipwreck and desertion, they find the Spice Isles and embroil themselves in more local politics but manage to load a cargo of cloves more valuable, weight for weight, than gold. Of the original 270 men in five ships, only 18 men in one ship, the Victoria, return to Spain after a harrowing voyage of three years. Pigafettas mission then is to defend Magellans reputation against lies spread by other crew members seeking to conceal their own involvement in the mutiny in South America. He gains an audience with the King, Don Carlos, and presents him not with silver or gold but with a book written by his own hand so that, as he says in his diary, the fame of so noble a captain shall not perish in our time. This item ships from La Vergne,TN. Paperback. Bookseller Inventory # 9781492161776

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