Islands have fascinated authors and explorers since the dawn of history, and the notion of the Fortunate Isles or "Isles of the Blest" (as they are sometimes called) occupied a prominent place in classical and Celtic legends.
The first chapter explores the significance of Dante's sole and quite brief reference to the Fortunate Isles, found in Monarchia II.
In the second chapter Cachey reflects on passages devoted to the Fortunate Isles in Petrarca's De vita solitaria and canzone 135 of the Rime sparse and in Boccaccio's De Canaria, seeing in the reactions of these two authors to the inhabitants of the Canaries "due giudizi divergenti" (87).
The penultimate chapter somewhat tediously reviews the presentation of the Fortunate Isles by numerous sixteenth-century historiographers, including Pietro Martire di Anghiera, Niccolo Scillacio, G.
The improving Vadsalina looks the form horse, but there is also plenty of confidence behind Fortunate Isles
and Destare, who were both winners at Compiegne last time out.