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The Other Exile

The Remarkable Story of Fernão Lopes, the Island of St Helena and the meaning of human solitude

The Other Exile by Abdul Rahman Azzam
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The first known inhabitant of St Helena – long beforeNapoleon –  was a 16th-century Portuguese renegade.

In 1506 Fernão 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 onlya black cockerel for company.

News of Lopes reached the King of Portugal. Picked up by a ship sentespecially for him, Lopes so impressed the King, and the Pope in Rome, that hewas granted one wish. He requested his return to St Helena.

Based on brand new research by A R Azzam, author of the acclaimed Saladin (Longman,2007), The Other Exile is at once a historicaladventure story and a meditation on solitude. It is a story about redemption inone of the darkest periods in Europe and the tale of the haunting relationshipbetween man and wild nature.


Icon Books Ltd; May 2017
320 pages; ISBN 9781785781841
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Title: The Other Exile
Author: Abdul Rahman Azzam

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