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Fifteenth-century European Knowledge of Australia? August 5, 2011

Author: Beach Combing | in : Medieval, Modern
Fifteenth-century European Knowledge of Australia?

Here is one of these sources that Beachcombing just doesn’t know that to do with. It seems to show knowledge of southern Australia/ Antarctica being shared with a European in Java at the end of the fifteenth century. Perhaps this is not so extraordinary as, after all, knowledge is not discovery: and ‘knowledge’ here could […]

Droit de Foreigner December 27, 2010

Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
Droit de Foreigner

Internet provider still playing up…. Beachcombing has had the pleasure of spending some time in the company of the sixteenth-century European traveller Varthema (obit 1517) previously – in connexion with a unicorn at Mecca. And today, he is going to return to the side of the eastward-bound one, now in Tarnassari (Tenasserim) India. The king of the said […]

Unicorns in Sixteenth-Century Arabia? August 11, 2010

Author: Beach Combing | in : Medieval, Modern
Unicorns in Sixteenth-Century Arabia?

And so we role the dice of history again and this time three words, interesting alone, delectable in combination, appear on the table: ‘Mecca’, ‘unicorn’ and ‘Varthema’. Beachcombing will begin with the least known of these words. Varthema, first name Ludovico (c. 1465-1517) was an explorer from Bologna who in the sixteenth century made his way into […]