Here’s something curious. Joannes Zonaras was a Byzantine Greek historian and theologian who lived, as can be best calculated, between 1070 and 1140. From Constantinople, he was private secretary to Emperor Alexios I until the emperor died. Thereafter, he dedicated himself to writing books, and to be found among his output is a description of the Balearic Islands. He would surely never have visited the islands as they were under Muslim control. Nevertheless, Zonaras had knowledge that led him to call the Balearics “the islands of rain”.