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The Great Sea by David Abulafia.. The Mediterranean Sea in all its glory is treated to a luscious human history here, and even if your boat didn’t burn and sink at anchor in Menorca, you may want to find the time to ingest this one to help resurrect a dream.

Joel Gardner, LitSnap Editor

"This magnificent book teeming with colourful characters. Over the course of nearly 800pp, we follow faiths; sail with fleets; trade with bankers, financiers and merchants; raid with pirates and observe battles and sieges; watch cities rise and fall and see peoples migrate in triumph and tragedy. But at its heart, this is a history of mankind - gripping, worldly, bloody, playful - that radiates scholarship and a sense of wonder and fun, using the Mediterranean as its medium, its watery road much travelled."

The Financial Times

"An Everest of a book, brocaded with studious observation and finely-tuned scholarship...the effect is mesmerising, as detail accumulates meticulously."

The Independent

Author bio: David Abulafia is Professor of Mediterranean History at Cambridge University and the author of The Mediterranean in History. More information can be found here:

Book Details: History; (816 pp. Mediterrary: Kindle/Print editions)

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