The Isles of Unwisdom is a historical novel based on the ill-fated expedition of General Álvero de Mendaña de Neirato, who set out from Peru in 1595 to pacify and colonise the Solomon Islands.
When Mendaña died, his young widow Dona Ysobel Barreto assumed command of the fleet, exercising the absolute power bequeathed to her by her late husband.
Graves tells the story with surprising twists, in which some characters turn out to be quite different from how they are first portrayed....
Robert von Ranke Graves (24 July 1895 - 7 December 1985) was an English poet and novelist, scholar, translator and writer of antiquity, specialising in Classical Greece and Rome. During his long life he produced more than 140 works. Graves's translations and innovative analysis and interpretations of the Greek myths, the memoir of his early life, Good-bye To All That, and his speculative study of poetic inspiration, The White Goddess, have never been out of print.
Graves earned his living by writing popular historical novels, including I, Claudias (for which he was awarded the James Tait Black Memorial Prize), King Jesus, The Golden Fleece and Count Belisarius. He was elected Professor of Poetry at Oxford in 1961 and made an honorary fellow of St John's College, Oxford, in 1971.
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