A History of the World in Twelve Shipwrecks

A History of the World in Twelve Shipwrecks

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'Masterful and entrancing - this is big history at its best.' - Professor Alice Roberts, author of Ancestors.

'A real-life Indiana Jones takes readers on a dive through these underwater museums, revealing the sunken secrets of the past' - The Times.

'Fascinating... wonderful material, well researched and placed in its wider context' - Spectator.

From a Bronze Age ship built during the age of Queen Nefertiti and filled with ancient treasures, a Viking warship made for King Cnut himself, Henry VIII's spectacular Mary Rose and the golden age of the Tudor court, to the exploration of the Arctic, the tragic story of HMS Terror and tales of bravery and endurance aboard HMS Gairsoppa in World War Two, these are the stories of some of the greatest underwater discoveries of all time. A rich and exciting narrative, this is not just the story of those ships and the people who sailed on them, the cargo and treasure they carried and their tragic fate. This is also the story of the spread of people, religion and ideas around the world, a story of colonialism and migration which continues today.

Drawing on decades of experience excavating shipwrecks around the world, renowned maritime archaeologist David Gibbins reveals the riches beneath the waves and shows us how the treasures found there can be a porthole to the past to tell a new story about the world and its underwater secrets.