We all know him by his exploration of America and his famous four vovages. But what did he do throughout his life? How did he come up with the idea of discovering new routes to Asia, especially India? How did he go to persuade monarchs of two of the most wealthy and powerful kingdoms in Europe, Portugal and Spain, and finally received grant amount of funds and other generous offers from Ferdinand and Isabella, King and Queen of Spain? In their book The Worlds of Christopher Columbus, William D. Phillips and Carla Rahn Phillips thoroughly narrated the life of Christopher Columbus, as well as the historical and societal contexts of his day.
Phillips, William D. and Carla Rahn. The Worlds of Christopher Columbus. Cambridge University Press, 1993.