New Horizons


Heart of an Asian Empire

  1. Bruno Dagens
  2. Translated by Ruth Sharman
  • ISBN 9780500300541
  • 17.70 x 12.50 cm
  • Paperback
  • 192pp
  • Illustrated throughout in colour and black and white
  • First published 1995
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'August 1296: The kingdom of Cambodia has felt the first attack from its neighbour Thailand. The Emperor of China's emissary, Chou Ta-kuan, arrives in Angkor. After a year-long stay, he describes the kingdom and its capital. . .' This is only the earliest document quoted in this fascinating and richly illustrated book.

For over five centuries Angkor was the capital of the great Khmer Empire. Abandoned in the 15th century, it was gradually swallowed up by the jungle and almost forgotten until, four centuries later, it was uncovered by European explorers.

Here is the thrilling story of the rediscovery of these important, mysterious and beautiful ruins in what is today's Cambodia.