Amazons, Savages, and Machiavels: Travel and Colonial Writing in English, 1550-1630

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Amazons, Savages, and Machiavels is an accessible and unique anthology of travel and colonial writing in the English Renaissance, selected to represent the world-picture of sixteenth- and seventeenth-century readers in England. It includes not just the narratives of discovery of the New World but also accounts of cultures already well known through trade links, such as Turkey and the Moluccan islands, and of places that featured just as significantly in the early modern English imagination: from Ireland to Russia and the Far East, from Calais to India and Africa, from France and Italy to the West Indies. Ranging from Raleigh's account of the Amazons and Captain John Smith's story of Pocahontas to Coryat's cheerful encounter with a Venetian courtesan and Florio's translation of Montaigne's famous "Of the Cannibals," the volume also includes helpful headnotes, a substantial introduction, chronology, full bibliography, and seventeen original illustrations.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198711872
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 11/28/2001
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Figures
Note on the Texts
General Introduction 1
1 Motives for Travel and Instructions to Travellers 11
The Decades of the Newe Worlde, or West India (1555), 'The Preface to the Reader' 16
The Scholemaster (1570) 20
Prefatory Material to The Principall Navigations (1589, 1598) 24
Prefatory Material to Coryats Crudities (1611) 28
'Of Travel' (1612) 33
Hakluytus Posthumus or Purchas His Pilgrimes (1625), 'Epistle to the Reader' 36
2 Europe 41
The View of France (1604) 46
Coryats Crudities (1611), Observations of Venice, Germany, and Switzerland 52
Travel Diary (1611-12), Observations of Paris and Florence 64
An Itinerary (1617), Observations of Italy and Ireland 81
Letter to James I from Venice (1618) 98
The Totall Discourse of The Rare Adventures (1632), Account of his Imprisonment in Spain 106
3 Africa and the Near East 117
'The Voyage Made by M. John Hawkins ... to the coast of Guinea, and the Indies of Nova Hispania' (1564) 121
'The description of the countrey of Russia' (1588) 127
The History and Description of Africa, trans. John Pory (1600), Comments on North Africans 139
A Relation of a Journey Begun ... 1610 (1615), Observations of the Egyptians and the Jews 152
An Itinerary (1617), Observations of the Ottoman Empire 166
The Totall Discourse of The Rare Adventures (1632), 'Comments upon Jerusalem' 179
4 The Far East and the South Sea Islands 189
'The admiral and prosperous voyage of Thomas Cavendish into the South Sea, and from thence round about the circumference of the whole earth' (1586-8), Observations of the South Sea Islanders 192
'A Letter of Father Diego De Pantoia ... written [from] the Court of the King of China' (9 March 1602) 198
Two Accounts of his Voyage to the Moluccas (1604-6) 208
Two Accounts of Japan: Arthur Hatch (1623) and John Saris (1613) 219
The Travels of Peter Mundy in Asia (1628-34), Observations of India 225
5 The Americas 235
The Decades of the Newe Worlde, or West India (1555), Three Descriptions of American Natives 240
A briefe narration of the destruction of the Indies by the Spaniards, trans. M. M. S. (1583) 250
'A true report of the late discoveries ... of the Newfound Lands' (1583) 256
A Briefe and True Report of the New Found Land of Virginia (1588, 1590) 266
The Discoverie of the Large, Rich and Bewtiful Empyre of Guiana (1596) 279
'Of the Canniballes' (1580), trans. John Florio (1603) 286
The Historie of Travell into Virginia Britania (1612) 296
The Generall Historie of Virginia, New-England, and the Summer Isles (1624), The Story of Pocahontas 303
Guide to Further Reading 309
Index 317
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