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Mike Lord

Serendepia - Robert Knox\\\'s escape from Ceylon retold

Serendepia - Robert Knox\\\
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Published by Butterfly Books
ISBN: 9781311736833
The ship “Ann” did exist and was launched in London in 1645 by Captain Robert Knox, who died in captivity in Ceylon in 1659. His eldest son, Robert Knox junior, managed to escape in 1679 and returned to England, where he was persuaded to write an account of his time there *. The names of the members of his crew are true and correct. Nick is entirely my invention, and by all accounts never existed. His account of his captivity in Ceylon is a more light-hearted look at what an individual member of the crew of “Ann” might have done in these circumstances. I regret that if you go to Sri Lanka today there are no records, or ruins to see, apart from the book, of Robert’s captivity there for almost 20 years. The houses he lived in, or his father’s grave have long since disappeared. However, the King’s Palace does remain, and the Temple of the Tooth in Kandy is well worth seeing. King Rajasinghe ruled Ceylon from 1635 to 1685, and his son, Kundasala, released most of the remaining prisoners on his succession. Today you can find, however, descendants of the Portuguese, Dutch and English captives who lived there, and some with green eyes! Oh, by the way, Daniel Defoe, who was a journalist, never went to Ceylon, but it was generally considered at the end of the 17th Century that Robert’s book was the major source of technical inspiration for his classic “Robinson Crusoe”. * “An Historical Relation of Ceylon”, published by Richard Chiswell, St. Paul’s Churchyard, London, 1681.
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Adventure , Historical , Multicultural , Regional , Romance , Suspense
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