Alexander’s Gate (4)

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I have been elaborating on my current topic whose working title is now “In the Shadow of the Iron Gate”. The material that I have collected is enormous and I really wonder if it’s going to be a chapter or the whole unit. Meanwhile I explained the emergence of Gog and Magog in  the Bible and Alexander’s Gate in secular literature. I am pondering about the account of the steppe nations in the writings of classical and medieval authors. I also plan to write about the conflation of the two legends and various approaches to presenting main characters.

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The Trefoil of the World

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I uploaded a new chapter from my second manuscript at http://www.ibuzzle.com/articles/the-trefoil-of-the-world.html

https://www.academia.edu/13826886/The_Trefoil_of_the_World

The texts are more or less identical  but the second one is illustrated. The article is devoted to the conception of the three continents among Europeans. This conception found its adepts not only in the ancient or medieval times but also throughout the Age of Discovery. The proof is the Clover Leaf Map attached to the book by Heinrich Bunting which was published in 1581. Now you can read 5 chapters from mymanuscript on my page at https://independent.academia.edu/MichaelBaizerman

(the upper five titles on the list)

Query Letter

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It’s time to prepare a query letter for a new manuscript though my research is still going on. This is the first time that I am trying to connect different ideas that comprise my second work.

My second history book has the working title, “The Enchanting Encounter with the East”. My new manuscript, which is based on my on-going research, tells a story about the fumbling contacts between the Latin West and the bizarre East throughout the Late Middle Ages. The book runs about 90,000 words and targets adult and young adult readers, especially those who love and/or study history.

Medieval scholars and traders are busy collecting information about the mysterious East, the abode of marvels and spices. In spite of a popular belief that a known world includes three continents, some well-educated people guess that there might be the fourth mainland across the ocean and argue whether it is populated or not. European seafarers undertake daring voyages across the Western Sea and discover new islands. Shipwrights introduce new kinds of vessels and experiment with their rigging to make a ship that can endure the unchartered waters.

The East strikes an overwhelming blow when the Mongolian cavalry penetrate into the heartland of Europe. The West is charmed with eastern legends. While marvels and monsters take over the popular imagination, the “practical” people figure out how to make contacts with the Christian powers of the East to squeeze the lands of Islam firmly and to break the monopoly of Muslim merchants on the spice commerce. The first western ambassadors and traders bring back firsthand facts stirring the competition among European nations to reach the fabled lands first.