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The Travels of Sir John Mandeville (Penguin Classics)

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Immediately popular when it first appeared around 1356, The Travels of Sir John Mandeville became the standard account of the East for several centuries—a work that went on to influence luminaries as diverse as Leonardo da Vinci, Swift, and Coleridge. 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 journeyed to “the lands beyond”—countries populated by dog-headed men, cannibals, Amazons, and pygmies. This translation by the esteemed C.W.R.D. Moseley conveys the elegant style of the original, making this an intriguing blend of fact and absurdity, and offering wondrous insight into fourteenth-century conceptions of the world.

  • Includes a revised introduction, appendices, an index of place names, new notes, and updated suggestions for further reading

About the Author

Sir John Mandeville claimed in his book to be an English knight who began his travels in 1322, but the book was originally written in French, and the truth of the author’s identity—and whether in fact he actually traveled—is not known.

C.W.R.D. Moseley has taught Medieval and Renaissance literature at Cambridge for many years.

C.W.R.D. Moseley has taught Medieval and Renaissance literature at Cambridge for many years.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780141441436
Translator:
Moseley, C. W. R. D.
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Translator:
Moseley, C. W. R. D.
Author:
Moseley, C. W. R. D.
Author:
Mandeville, John
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
General History
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Revised
Series:
Penguin Classics
Publication Date:
20050831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
7.72x5.10x.57 in. .38 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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