The Discovery of New Worlds

The book concludes with the discoveries of Columbus and the Spanish settlements in the New World."--Back cover.

Author: M. B. Synge

Publisher: Yesterdays Classics

ISBN: 159915014X

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 252

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"Relates the rise and fall of the Roman Empire, the middle ages in Europe, the rise of Islam and the Crusades, and finally the age of exploration, and the establishment of trade with the Far East. The book concludes with the discoveries of Columbus and the Spanish settlements in the New World."--Back cover.

New Worlds Reflected

Traherne's poem is suggestive in a variety of ways of a culture in which the discovery of new worlds, both on earth and beyond it, seemed possible. During the seventeenth century, new environments were encountered through both ...

Author: Chloë Houston

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317087755

Category: History

Page: 274

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Utopias have long interested scholars of the intellectual and literary history of the early modern period. From the time of Thomas More's Utopia (1516), fictional utopias were indebted to contemporary travel narratives, with which they shared interests in physical and metaphorical journeys, processes of exploration and discovery, encounters with new peoples, and exchange between cultures. Travel writers, too, turned to utopian discourses to describe the new worlds and societies they encountered. Both utopia and travel writing came to involve a process of reflection upon their authors' societies and cultures, as well as representations of new and different worlds. As awareness of early modern encounters with new worlds moves beyond the Atlantic World to consider exploration and travel, piracy and cultural exchange throughout the globe, an assessment of the mutual indebtedness of these genres, as well as an introduction to their development, is needed. New Worlds Reflected provides a significant contribution both to the history of utopian literature and travel, and to the wider cultural and intellectual history of the time, assembling original essays from scholars interested in representations of the globe and new and ideal worlds in the period from the sixteenth to eighteenth centuries, and in the imaginative reciprocal responsiveness of utopian and travel writing. Together these essays underline the mutual indebtedness of travel and utopia in the early modern period, and highlight the rich variety of ways in which writers made use of the prospect of new and ideal worlds. New Worlds Reflected showcases new work in the fields of early modern utopian and global studies and will appeal to all scholars interested in such questions.

Merlin and the Discovery of Avalon in the New World

Southampton, and on August 5, with ninety of them on board the Mayflower and thirty more on the Speedwell, they set out for the New World. However, the Speedwell was in no condition to make a transatlantic passage, and that boat was ...

Author: Graham Phillips

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781591439011

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 256

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The first book to present the true identity of the mythic figure Merlin • Uncovers historical evidence that the legend of Merlin was based on the life of a real man • Reveals that Avalon, Merlin’s final resting place, was an island in the United States The legendary figure Merlin is known throughout the world as the wizard of Camelot who was counselor to King Arthur and helped that monarch create the Round Table. Through the course of a 20-year investigation Graham Phillips has uncovered evidence that this famous story was based on the life of an actual historical figure: the son of a Roman consul who became the last of the Romans to rule Britain in the fifth century A.D. Furthermore, the evidence reveals that he died and was buried in what is now the United States. According to legend, Merlin ended his life on the mystical island of Avalon. A 1500-year-old saga tells how Merlin left Britain on a boat bound for a mysterious island to the west. The places described in Merlin’s voyage, Phillips argues, would only have been seen by someone who had journeyed to the New World. For example, the island where boiling fountains bubble from the ground could be the geysers of Iceland, and the island with rivers of ice, the glaciers of Greenland. During his research Phillips discovered that a site believed to be Merlin’s grave was found by the first British settlers in North America: a secret location said to have been preserved in the works of William Shakespeare and the coded writings of the Freemasons. Phillips follows a trail of historical clues that leads ultimately to a mysterious New England tomb. Here a final encrypted message not only reveals the whereabouts of Merlin’s grave but contains evidence that Merlin’s descendants still survive and, through a merger with the Spencer family of Princess Diana, may once again ascend the British throne.

Christopher Columbus and the New World of his Discovery

His true work in this world had indeed already been accomplished. When he smote the rock of western discovery many springs flowed from it, and some were destined to run in mightier channels than that which he himself followed.

Author: Filson Young

Publisher: BoD – Books on Demand

ISBN: 9783732620371

Category: Fiction

Page: 40

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Science Literature and Rhetoric in Early Modern England

that rather than a license for wanton speculation , the plurality of worlds is useful for expanding the limits of the human ... “ The Translator as Critic : Aphra Behn's Translation of Fontenelle's Discovery of New Worlds ( 1688 ) ...

Author: Juliet Cummins

Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.

ISBN: 0754657817

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 241

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These essays throw new light on the complex relations between science, literature and rhetoric as avenues to discovery in early modern England. Analyzing the contributions of such diverse writers as Shakespeare, Bacon, Hobbes, Milton, Cavendish, Boyle, Pope and Behn to contemporary epistemological debates, these essays move us toward a better understanding of interactions between the sciences and the humanities during a seminal phase in the development of modern Western thought.

Reading Early Modern Women

Aphra Behn , Fontenelle's A Discovery of New Worlds ( 1688 ) The title page from Aphra Behn's translation of Bernard le Bovier de Fontenelle's Entretien sur la pluralité des mondes , translated as A Discovery of New Worlds , appears on ...

Author: Helen Ostovich

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 0415966469

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 520

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This remarkable anthology assembles for the first time 144 primary texts and documents written by women between 1550 and 1700 and reveals an unprecedented view of the intellectual and literary lives of women in early modern England

The Description of a New World Called the Blazing World

1689)3 translated Fontenelle's Entretiens into English as A Discovery of New Worlds in 1688, she prefaced her edition with a remarkable introduction entitled “An Essay on Translated Prose,” in which she complains that Fontenelle's ...

Author: Margaret Cavendish

Publisher: Broadview Press

ISBN: 9781770486317

Category: Fiction

Page: 220

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First published in 1666, Margaret Cavendish, Duchess of Newcastle’s Description of a New World, Called the Blazing World is the first fictional portrayal of women and the new science. In Blazing World, Cavendish depicts her heroine, the Empress, in multiple roles. The Empress is leader of a dreamlike utopian world reachable through the North Pole, filled with talking animals and intelligent hybrid creatures. She establishes a royal society of scientists, initiates learned conferences, interrogates existing knowledge, and spends her days speculating on natural philosophy. She also forms a lively intellectual collaboration with the “Duchess of Newcastle,” a female character summoned from Earth. A companion volume to Cavendish’s important Observations upon Experimental Philosophy, Blazing World is the first science-fiction novel known to have been written and published by a woman, and represents a pioneering female scientific utopia. This Broadview Edition includes related historical materials on the new science and Cavendish’s role in the intellectual world of her time.

The Cambridge History of English Literature 1660 1780

... titled A Discovery of New Worlds ( 1688 ) , Aphra Behn takes the unusual and commercially self - defeating step of attacking the author she has just translated . The passage is worth citing in full , as it captures the ideological ...

Author: John Richetti

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 0521781442

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 945

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The Cambridge History of English Literature, 1660-1780 offers readers discussions of the entire range of literary expression from the Restoration to the end of the eighteenth century. In essays by thirty distinguished scholars, recent historical perspectives and new critical approaches and methods are brought to bear on the classic authors and texts of the period. Forgotten or neglected authors and themes as well as new and emerging genres within the expanding marketplace for printed matter during the eighteenth century receive special attention and emphasis. The volume's guiding purpose is to examine the social and historical circumstances within which literary production and imaginative writing take place in the period and to evaluate the enduring verbal complexity and cultural insights they articulate so powerfully.