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The Travels of Sir John Mandeville : Penguin Classics - John Mandeville

The Travels of Sir John Mandeville

Penguin Classics


Published: 20th April 2005
For Ages: 18+ years old
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Immediately popular when they first appeared around 1356, The Travels of Sir John Mandeville became the standard account of the East for several centuries. Ostensibly written by an English knight, the Travels purport to relate his experiences in the Holy Land, Egypt, India and China. Mandeville claims to have served in the Great Khan's army, and to have travelled in 'the lands beyond' - countries populated by dog-headed men, cannibals, Amazons and Pygmies. Although Marco Polo's slightly earlier narrative ultimately proved more factually accurate, Mandeville's was widely known, used by Columbus, Leonardo do Vinci and Martin Frobisher, and inspired writers as diverse as Swift, Defoe and Coleridge. This intriguing blend of fact, exaggeration and absurdity offers both fascinating insight into and subtle criticism of fourteenth-century conceptions of the world.

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Sir John Mandeville left his native St Albans in 1322 and died in Liege in 1372.

Introductionp. 9
The Travels of Sir John Mandevillep. 43
Appendicesp. 191
Supplementary Explanatory Notesp. 194
Bibliographyp. 206
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ISBN: 9780141441436
ISBN-10: 0141441437
Series: Penguin Classics
Audience: General
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 224
Published: 20th April 2005
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 12.9  x 1.3
Weight (kg): 0.17
Edition Number: 1