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Impossible Journeys (2005)

by Mathew Lyons

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This work takes a little patience to fully enjoy. Lyons covers a wide range of what he calls 'Impossible Journeys" to include: remarkable, but generally historical events; legendary events that may have a basis in historical events; myths and legends; and outright made-up voyages and voyagers. There is no apparent order in this collection of essays, and I found that the first one or two were not very engaging, but I enjoyed the collection quite a lot after I got into a bit more.

This work contains a lot that explains how places got their names, how and why maps evolved during the age of exploration, and why some adventurers are household names now while others are virtually unheard of. Well worth the read for any history buff, but not really light reading.

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FOR MY MOTHER
Molly Lyons (1929-2009)
'to whom I owe
All that I am...all that I know'
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