Venetian Navigators : The Mystery of the Voyages of the Zen Brothers, Paperback

Venetian Navigators : The Mystery of the Voyages of the Zen Brothers Paperback


In the 1380s and 90s, Nicolo and Antonio Zen journeyed from Venice up the North Atlantic, encountering warrior princes, fighting savage natives and, just possibly, reaching the New World a full century before Columbus.

This title tells the story of their adventure travelled throughout Europe, from the workshop of the great cartographer Mercator to the court of Elizabeth I.

For centuries, the brothers were international celebrities, until, in 1835, the story was denounced as a 'tissue of lies' and the Zens faded into oblivion.

Following in their footsteps Andrea di Robilant sets out to discover the truth about the Zen voyages in a journey that takes him from the crumbling Palazzo Zen in Venice to the Orkney Islands, the Faroes, Iceland and Greenland.

Part history, part travelogue, "Venetian Navigators" is a charming tale of great journeys, fine detective work and faith, against the odds.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 256 pages, Illustrations, maps, ports.
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Folklore, myths & legends
  • ISBN: 9780571243785



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