In February 1516, a Portugese ship sank with the loss of all hands a mile off the coast of Italy.
The Nostra Senora da Adjuda had sailed 14000 miles from the Indian kingdom Gujarat: her mission, to deliver a rhinoceros to the Pope.
The Pope's Rhinoceros tells the stories which culminate in this bizarre incident.
Ranging from the Baltic Sea to a flyblown colony in India, from a tribe hidden in the African rain forest to atrocities committed in an obscure town in Tuscany, Norfolk's brilliant novel holds up the true history of the rhinoceros as a mirror to the fantasies and obsessions of the Renaissance.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 768 pages
- Publisher: Vintage Publishing
- Publication Date: 03/02/1997
- Category: Historical fiction
- ISBN: 9780749398743
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