John Cabot & the Voyage of the Matthew

by Brian Cuthbertson

John Cabot & the Voyage of the Matthew is a vivid, colourful evocation of the spirit of a great explorer and his times.
Published to coincide with the five-hundredth anniversary of Cabot's voyage and with the construction of a replica of the Matthew, this book provides a richly-illustrated glimpse at the dawn of the Age of Exploration.
Drawing on paintings, maps and illustrations from Europe's finest museums, Brian Cuthbertson brings to vivid life the places and events that shaped Cabot's life, and his age, setting down available information on the original trip and the uncertain evidence of Cabot's landfall in North America. Photos of the Matthew replica being built and under full sail also illustrate the text.
John Cabot & the Voyage of the Matthew is a vivid, colourful evocation of the spirit of a great explorer and his times.

About the Author

Brian Cuthbertson

BRIAN CUTHBERTSON is a leading historian of Nova Scotia. He has worked as an archivist for the Public Archives of Nova Scotia, is the former published and editor of the Nova Scotia Historical Review and is the former Head of Heritage for Nova Scotia. He has been writing on Nova Scotia history since he first published a biography in 1978 of Richard John Uniacke, entitled The Old Attorney General. Since his retirement in 1995 he has devoted much of his time to research and writing, and is the author of several books on Nova Scotia history, including illustrated histories of the towns of Lunenburg and Wolfville, John Cabot and the Voyage of the Matthew, Johnny Bluenose at the Polls: Epic Nova Scotian Election Battles 1758-1848, and The Halifax Citadel: Portrait of a Military Fortress.


"This Cabot is copiously illustrated with period maps, paintings and colour photographs--all intended, surely, to catch the eye of the souvenir hunter... Cuthbertson also brings the late-medieval maritime world alive in words and pictures."
Peter Pore, Northern Mariner
"...a true collector's item ...a marvellous tale of seamanship and bravery..."
John Campbell, Cape Breton Post
"If... you would like to have an attractive and accurate summary of Cabot's life and times and of the historical debate about his legacy and significance, buy Cuthbertson..."
Olaf Janzen, Newfoundland Quarterly

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