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Serendipities: Language and Lunacy

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In this work, Umberto Eco demonstrates how myths and lunacies can produce historical developments of no small significance. In Eco's words, "even errors can produce interesting side effects". This book shows how: believers in a flat earth helped Columbus accidentally discover America; how the medieval myth of Prester John, the Christian king in Asia, assisted the European drive eastward; and how the myth of the Rosicrucians affected the Masons, leading in turn to the widespread belief in a Jewish masonic plot to dominate ...

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Serendipities: Language & Lunacy
2014, Columbia University Press, New York

ISBN-13: 9780231111355

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Serendipities: Language & Lunacy
1999, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt P, San Diego, CA

ISBN-13: 9780156007511

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Serendipities: Language And Lunacy
1999, Weidenfeld & Nicolson, London

ISBN-13: 9780753808788

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Serendipities: Language and Lunacy
1999, Weidenfeld & Nicolson, London

ISBN-13: 9780297643258

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Serendipities: Language and Lunacy
1999, Orion mass market paperback, London

ISBN-13: 9780752826479

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Serendipities: Language and Lunacy
1998, Columbia University Press, New York

ISBN-13: 9780231111348

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