Learn the details of human history with these noteworthy reads!
1421: The Year China Discovered the World
By Gavin Menzies
“…On the 8th of March, 1421, the largest fleet the world had ever seen sailed from its base in China. The ships, huge junks nearly five hundred feet long and built from the finest teak, were under the command of Emperor Zhu Di’s loyal eunuch admirals. Their mission was ‘to proceed all the way to the end of the earth to collect tribute from the barbarians beyond the seas’ and unite the whole world in Confucian harmony. The journey would last over two years and circle the globe.
When they returned Zhu Di lost control and China was beginning its long, self-imposed isolation from the world it had so recently embraced. The great ships rotted at their moorings and the records of their journeys were destroyed. Lost was the knowledge that Chinese ships had reached America seventy years before Columbus and circumnavigated the globe a century before Magellan. They had also discovered Antarctica, reached Australia three hundred and fifty years before Cook and solved the problem of longitude three hundred years before the Europeans…”
1434 – The year a magnificent Chinese fleet sailed to Italy and ignited the Renaissance
By Gavin Menzies
In 1434, Gavin Menzies offers a stunning reappraisal of history, presenting compelling new evidence on the European Renaissance, tracing its roots to China
In this provocative, highly readable history, Gavin Menzies makes the startling argument that China provided the spark that set the Renaissance ablaze. Based on years of research, this marvellous history argues that a Chinese fleet, official ambassadors of the emperor, arrived in Tuscany in 1434, where they met with Pope Eugenius IV in Florence. The delegation presented the pope with a wealth of knowledge, from a diverse range of fields: geography (including world maps that the author believes were passed on to Christopher Columbus), astronomy, mathematics, art, printing, architecture, steel manufacturing, civil engineering, military weaponry, surveying, cartography, genetics, and more. This gift of knowledge sparked the inventiveness of the Renaissance, including da Vinci’s mechanical creations, the Copernican revolution, Galileo’s discoveries, and more.
From 1434 onward, Europeans embraced Chinese intellectual ideas, discoveries, and inventions – all which have formed the basis of European civilisation just as much as Greek philosophy and Roman law. Erudite and brilliantly reasoned, 1434 is sure to make headlines and change the way we see ourselves, our history, and our world.
The Lost Empire of Atlantis
By Gavin Menzies
In his new book, THE LOST EMPIRE OF ATLANTIS, Gavin Menzies, the author of the worldwide bestseller 1421, reveals that Atlantis wasn’t just one island but an entire empire, controlled by the Minoans. It’s long been known that this extraordinary civilisation, with its great palaces and sea ports based in Crete and nearby Thera (now called Santorini), had a level of sophistication that belied its place in the Bronze Age world but never before has the extent of its reach been uncovered.
Through painstaking research, including recent DNA evidence, Menzies has pieced together an incredible picture of a cultured people who traded with India and Mesopotamia, Africa and Western Europe, including Britain and Ireland, and even sailed to North America.
Menzies reveals that copper found at Minoan sites can only have come from Lake Superior, and that it was copper, combined with tin from Cornwall and elsewhere, to make bronze, that gave the Minoans their wealth. He uses knowledge gleaned as a naval captain to explore ancient shipbuilding and navigation techniques and explain how the Minoans were able to travel so far. He looks at why the Minoan empire, which was 1500 years ahead of China and Greece in terms of science, architecture, art and language, disappeared so abruptly and what led to her destruction.
Reading like a real-life Indiana Jones story THE LOST EMPIRE OF ATLANTIS take us on an epic journey around the world to finally uncover the truth behind the mystery of Atlantis.
Who Discovered America?
By Gavin Menzies and Ian Hudson
Greatly expanding on the blockbuster 1421, distinguished historian Gavin Menzies and his co-author, Ian Hudson, uncover the complete untold history of how mankind came to populate the Americas by sea, over several millennia.
Menzies and Hudson offer a revolutionary new alternative to the traditional “Beringia” theory, (which suggests that ancient man crossed a land bridge connecting Asia and North America during the last Ice Age.) The authors here reveal astounding new evidence of an ancient Asian seagoing tradition—most notably the Chinese—that pushes the discovery of the Americas back thousands of years. Columbus was forty thousand years late!
DVD-1421: The Year China Discovered America
By Gavin Menzies
This special examines the theories outlined by Gavin Menzies in his best-selling book. An amateur historian and former submarine commander in the British Navy, Menzies poses an argument that could change the way we perceive global history forever — that Chinese admirals discovered America and Chinese junks first circled the earth.
1421: Year China Discovered America? Presents a startling journey of adventure and exploration that could turn the conventional view of world history on its head. This fascinating documentary examines the mystery surrounding the sailing exploits of the legendary Admiral Zhen He and his 30 year command of a gigantic Ming fleet. The Chinese court burned all records of Admiral Zhen He’s daring voyages and achievements, and unwittingly created a mystery that tantalizes the world 500 years later.