The Other Exile The Story of Fernao Lopes, St Helena and a Paradise Lost

by Abdul Rahman Azzam

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The Other Exile The Story of Fernao Lopes, St Helena and a Paradise Lost Synopsis

The first known inhabitant of St Helena - long before Napoleon - was a 16th-century Portuguese renegade. In 1506 Fernao Lopes, a member of his country's minor nobility, travelled to Goa in search of honour and wealth. There he converted to Islam, married a Muslim, fought his former countrymen, and was eventually captured - his nose and hands publicly cut off for treachery. Eventually sailing for home, he jumped ship at St. Helena, becoming the island's first inhabitant, with only a black cockerel for company. News of Lopes reached the King of Portugal. Picked up by a ship sent especially for him, Lopes so impressed the King, and the Pope in Rome, that he was granted one wish. He requested his return to St Helena.

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ISBN: 9781785781834
Publication date: 04/05/2017
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Format: Hardback

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ISBN: 9781785781834
Publication date: 4th May 2017
Author: Abdul Rahman Azzam
Publisher:
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 320 pages
Genres: Biography / Autobiography, eBook Favourites, The Real World, Travel,
Categories: Biography: historical, political & military, European history, Early modern history: c 1450/1500 to c 1700,

About Abdul Rahman Azzam

Abdul Rahman Azzam has a BA and PhD in History from Oxford University. He is the author of Rumi and the Kingdom of Joy (2000) and the bestselling Saladin (published in English in 2007 by Longman), which was selected in Jordan as one of the top one hundred books on Islam.

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