In the fifteenth century, the world beyond Europe began to emerge from myth and legend. For those who sailed beyond the known world life was harsh beyond measure. The explorers were not lured only by gold, precious stones and spices – they were driven to colonize, to enslave, to bring their religion to the unconverted. Excerpted from the acclaimed book, Unknown Seas, this work tells the story of the vital role of spices in Medieval Europe and provides a history of India as it existed at the time when the all-sea route was discovered by the Portuguese, linking the East with the West for all time. "Watkins's account of the volatile cultural melange of India in the 15th century is fascinating..." The Guardian
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About the Author
Ronald J. Watkins has written more than 30 books. These include Evil Intentions, Unknown Seas, High Crimes and Misdemeanors, Cimmerian: A Novel of the Holocaust, and Birthright, an account of the family that owns U-Haul and of the murder of Eva Shoen. He is currently co-author of the Summit Murder Series which begins with Murder on Everest. He is founder and managing writer of Watkins & Associates. He has appeared on Dominick Dunne's Power, Privilege and Justice, PrimeTime! with Tom Brokow and Katie Couric, Under Scrutiny with Jane Wallace and Geraldo with Geraldo Rivera. He has previously lived in Portugal and now makes him in the Sonoran Desert of Arizona.