‘Timbuktu’ is a clear, simple and entertaining introduction to the land once considered the jewel of the medieval world. Written by curator and cultural historian Gus Caseley-Hayford, it delves into the rise of the largest empire in West Africa and what made Timbuktu the most significant Saharan desert-port of the age. You’ll see the Mali Empire in its golden age, teeming with riches, scholars and trade. A history steeped in magicians, epic wars, story-tellers, missing ships and the formation and separation of unions. You’ll learn what made Timbuktu so notorious and irresistible to the Emperor, and why centuries later it still enchanted the Western World with its beauty, wealth, mystery, intellectual excellence and legacy.