1434 : The Year a Chinese Fleet Sailed to Italy and Ignited the Renaissance
by Gavin Menzies
Editor: HarperCollins Publishers
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In his bestseller 1421:The Year of China Discover the World, Gavin Menzies revealed that it was the Chinese who discovered America, not Christoph ColumbusNow it further presents an amazing proof that it was also Chinese advances in science, art and technology, which formed the basis of the European Renaissance and our modern worldIn his bestseller 1421: The Year of China Discovered the World, Gavin Menzies presented controversial and convincing evidence that the Chinese floated to beat Columbus, Cook and Magellan to the New WorldBut his research led him to new and surprising discoveries that China’s influence on Western culture did not end there.Until now, researchers have considered that the Italian Renaissance – at the base of our modern Western world, is the result of a re-examination of the ideas of ancient Greece and RomeA superb challenge to the story is about to be publishedGavin Menzies made the surprising argument that a sophisticated system of Chinese delegation visited Italy in 1434, triggered the Renaissance, and forever changed the course of Western civilizationAfter this date the authority of Aristotle and Ptolemy was overthrown and artistic conventions contested, as was Arabic astronomy and cartographyFlorence and Venice, from the 15th century, attracted by traders from all over the worldMenzies presents amazing proof that a large Chinese fleet, the ambassadors of the Emperor, arrived in Tuscany in 1434, where they met Pope Eugene IV in FlorenceA mass of information was given by the Chinese delegation for the Pope and his entourage concerning maps of the world (which Menzies later supported were given to Christopher Columbus), astronomy, mathematics, art, printing, architecture, steelmaking, civil engineering, military machinery, surveying, cartography, genetics, and more still.He had this gift of knowledge, which gave rise to the inventiveness of t
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